Cancer Screening & Prevention
Colon Cancer Screening

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What is Cancer Screening?

Cancer screening is testing that looks for cancer. Screening helps doctors find cancer early when it is easier to treat or cure. Cancer screening should be done when you are healthy and have no symptoms.

Why is Colon Cancer Screening Important?


What is the Greatest Risk Factor for Colon Cancer?

What is the ColonCancerCheck Program?

The ColonCancerCheck program screens all men and women in Ontario who are 50 years and over for colon cancer.

Screening for colon cancer can include a Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) and/or a colonoscopy.

What is an FOBT?

The FOBT is a test you can do at home. You will collect three small samples of your stool. This test looks for blood, which may be a sign of colon cancer.

Who Needs an FOBT?

All men and women 50 years and over, with no family history of colon cancer. An FOBT should be done every two years.

Where Can I Get an FOBT?

You can get an FOBT kit from your health care provider.

If you do not have a health care provider, you can get an FOBT kit from the colorectal cancer screening line at 1-866-828-9213.

What is a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a test done in the hospital to look at the inside of your colon. This test looks for any changes, which may be a sign of colon cancer.

Who Needs a Colonoscopy?

Men and women who are at increased risk for colon cancer.

You are at increased risk for colon cancer if:


Talk to a health care provider about what screening method is right for you.


Reduce Your Risk of Cancer:

Almost 50% of cancers can be prevented. Take these steps to reduce your risk:

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