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ColonCancerCheck: Colorectal Screening Program

ColonCancerCheck is Ontario’s population-based, province-wide, organized screening program designed to increase screening participation and reduce deaths from colorectal cancer:

  • The ColonCancerCheck program recommends screening with an at-home test – the fecal occult blood test – once every 2 years for people who do not have symptoms and who do not have a family history of colorectal cancer.
  • People who do not have symptoms and who do not have a family history of colorectal cancer may choose to be screened with flexible sigmoidoscopy every 10 years.
  • ColonCancerCheck recommends against screening for colorectal cancer using metabolomic (blood or urine) tests, DNA (blood or stool) tests, computed tomography colonography, capsule colonoscopy and double contrast barium enema.
  • People who have a first-degree relative (i.e., parent, sibling or child) with a history of colorectal cancer are at increased risk. It is recommended that they get screened with colonoscopy beginning at age 50, or 10 years earlier than the age their relative was diagnosed, whichever occurs first.

Program Benefits

Organized screening programs, such as ColonCancerCheck, provide important quality benefits by:

  • inviting people to participate in screening
  • reminding participants when it is time for their next screening test
  • notifying participants of their screening results
  • tracking participants throughout the screening process
  • evaluating program quality and performance

Where to Get Fecal Occult Blood Test Kits

ColonCancerCheck fecal occult blood test (FOBT) kits are available from family doctors and nurse practitioners. People without a family doctor or nurse practitioner can get a kit by contacting Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-828-9213.

For more information, visit the ColonCancerCheck website.