Colorectal Cancer Screening

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Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. The colon is where food digests and passes out of the body.  The screening test for colorectal cancer is the Fecal Occult Blood Test or FOBT.

If the FOBT test finds blood in your feces (poop), this may mean that changes are happening in the colon.  Sometimes these changes grow into cancer before you feel sick.  There is a 90% chance of curing colorectal cancer when it is found early.  Ontario has one of the highest rates of colorectal cancer in the world.

Who should be screened for colorectal  cancer?

Everyone age 50 and older should have a Fecal Occult Blood Test every two years. 

If you have a family history of cancer, talk to your doctor about having a colonoscopy.

Ask your doctor for a FOBT kit or the test that is right for you.


FOBT is a simple test that you can do at home.  The FOBT test looks for blood in your feces(poop). 

  • On the FOBT kit there are three spots for three different times that you poop
  • Check instructions for how to do the test 
  • You can mail or drop off your FOBT kit at a lab; check instructions on the kit


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