Colorectal Cancer Screening Recommendations Summary
Evidence-based recommendations from ColonCancerCheck, Ontario’s colorectal cancer screening program. Also available as a handout: ColonCancerCheck (CCC) Guide to Average Risk Screening with the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) in Ontario.
Screening People at Average Risk of Colorectal Cancer
- Asymptomatic people should be screened with a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) every 2 years. Abnormal FIT results should be followed up with colonoscopy within 8 weeks.
- People ages 50 to 74 without a family history of colorectal cancer who choose to be screened with flexible sigmoidoscopy should be screened every 10 years.
Average risk means:
- People ages 50 to 74 with no first-degree relative (parent, sibling or child) who has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer
- People with no personal history of pre-cancerous colorectal polyps requiring surveillance or inflammatory bowel disease (i.e., Crohn’s disease involving the colon, or ulcerative colitis)
Screening with FIT
Ordering a FIT for a Patient
Screening People at Increased Risk of Colorectal Cancer
Screening People Outside the Screen-Eligible Population
People Under Age 50
People Over Age 74
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
High Familial Risk
Unknown Family History
People with Symptoms or Problems Related to Colorectal Cancer
Use of Other Tests for Screening People at Average Risk
Guaiac Fecal Occult Blood Test (gFOBT)
About the Recommendations
Alignment with the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care
Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) Replaces the Guaiac Fecal Occult Blood Test (gFOBT)
For more information and resources, contact Cancer Care Ontario:
You May Also Be Interested In
Colorectal Cancer Pathway Map
The colorectal cancer pathway map provides evidence-based best practices for the management of people who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer in Ontario.
View Colorectal Cancer Pathway Map