The Parkland Health Region launched the colorectal cancer screening program Thursday in Prince Albert.

The potentially life-saving program is available to all Saskatchewan residents between the ages of 50 and 74.

Provincial Health Minister Dustin Duncan was on hand for the announcement. “I think this is a great day for people in this health region, but also for people across the province. It means this very important screening program is now available to people all across Saskatchewan,” he said.

Colorectal cancer is the second-most diagnosed cancer, and it’s the second leading cause of death. However, it’s also 90 per cent preventable and easily treated when found in the early stages.