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Colon cancer is the #2 cancer killer among Canadians, yet it is 90% treatable when caught early. Getting tested for the disease before you have symptoms is not only easy – it could save your life.
ColonCancerCheck is a screening program for men and women living in Ontario. Two screening methods are offered through the program:
- Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) – a simple at-home stool test that can detect invisible amounts of blood in the stool. This does not mean that you have colon cancer but it does require follow up. Starting at age 50, people at average risk should have the FOBT every two years.
- Colonoscopy – a procedure that examines the lining of the entire colon, beyond the rectum and lower colon. This test is offered to people who are at an increased risk for the disease (e.g. first-degree relative – parent, sibling or child – who has had colon cancer).