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- What You Should Know
- Colorectal cancer is 90 per cent curable if found early
- Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in Ontario
- Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in Ontario
- Colorectal cancer screening
The Colon Cancer Check program is an organized population based colorectal screening program. All Ontarians aged 50 and over qualify to be screened for colorectal cancer.
- Are you at risk?
Age and family history are two common risk factors for colorectal cancer. If you have a family member (parent, child, sibling) who has had colorectal cancer, you are at greater risk and should have a colonoscopy.
If you are over 50 and do not have a family history of the disease, you should speak to your health care provider about screening for colorectal cancer using a simple take home Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT).
- Types of screening
Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT)
The FOBT is a simple test that can be done in the privacy of your own home. It tests for blood in your stool, which may be a sign of colorectal cancer. The FOBT kit is then mailes with a postage-paid addressed envelope for laboratory analysis.
It is recommended that anyone aged 50 and over who does not have a family history of colorectal cancer do an FOBT every two years.
A colonoscopy involves inserting a long flexible tube through the rectum and extending it along the length of the colon. At the end of the tube is a small camera to help the specialist examine your colon and rectum, and remove polyps.
A colonoscopy is recommended for individuals at increased risk and for those who have a positive FOBT result.
- How do I participate in the colon cancer check program?
Talk to your family physician to determine your risk for colorectal cancer and the appropriate screening method for you.
Fax Referrals to: 905-472-7598