Clinics & Services

Colorectal Cancer Screening

The FIT (fecal immunochemical test) is the new cancer screening test for colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. The colon is where food digests and passes out of the body. Colorectal cancer screening increases the chance of finding cancer early when it is easier to treat. When colorectal cancer is caught early, 9 out of 10 people can be cured.

Who should have the FIT?

  • A person with no symptoms and at average risk for colon cancer. Average risk means that the person is 50-74 years old with no first-degree relative (parent, brother, sister or child) who has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. 
  • If you have a family history of colorectal cancer that includes 1 or more first-degree relatives (parent, brother, sister or child) who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, talk to your doctor to find the colorectal cancer screening test that is right for you.

Where do you get the FIT?

  • Ask your Health Care Provider. Then your Health Care Provider will request LifeLabs to mail a FIT kit to you.
  • If you do not have a Health Care Provider, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-828-9213. 
  • Screen for Life Mobile Coach with various mobile locations in the city. Call 905-975-4467 or view schedule at www.hnhbscreenforlife.ca/schedule

The benefits of the FIT:

  • It is free
  • It is done at home
  • The test only takes a few minutes to do
  • Only one stool(poop) sample is needed
  • People can eat and take medications as usual
  • The sample can be mailed in
  • A letter is sent to you with the results and your doctor will get a copy
  • It is done every 2 years

For more information visit www.cancercareon.ca/colon

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