New cancer-screening hospital equipment in Winchester

Dr. Jim Blakslee demonstrates one of the new colonoscopes purchased with funds from the recent Heel 'n Wheel in Winchester, Ont. Click photo to enlarge. (Photo/WDMH)

WINCHESTER – A month after a community fundraising effort, the Winchester hospital is already seeing the benefits.

The Winchester District Memorial Hospital has been able to buy two colonoscopes, used for screening for colorectal cancer.

The hospital carries out more than 2,100 screenings a year and the new tools allow doctors to take biopsies and remove suspected cancer lesions.

Each unit costs $40,000 and the money came from the $86,000 raised during the Heel ‘n Wheel for Local Cancer Care last month.

The event on Sept. 13 was 61 participants brave some heavy rain at times for the one-day walk and bike ride.

The event has raised close to $280,000 for cancer care in the last year years.

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