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Colon Cancer Screening

In honour of Ninon Bourque

Colon Cancer Screening

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who should be screened for colon cancer?

A: ColonCancerCheck recommends that everyone aged 50 and over be screened for colorectal cancer. For those at average risk for colorectal cancer, a simple at home test—the Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT)—once every two years is recommended.

Q: What about colonoscopy for colorectal screening?

A: Colonoscopy is recommended for those at high risk for colorectal cancer (who have a parent, child, or sibling diagnosed with colorectal cancer) and those who have medical conditions that affect the effectiveness of the FOBT (Fecal Occult Blood Test) screen. Individuals of average risk should screen with FOBT.   Individuals with an abnormal FOBT test result are referred for follow-up colonoscopy within 2 months of the result.  Colonoscopy is not recommended as a first line screening test for those at average risk..