ColonCancerCheck(CCC) recommends screening with a Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) every two years for men and women ages 50 to 74 without symptoms or family history of colorectal cancer.
Ask your healthcare provider (ie. family doctor, nurse practitioner) for a FOBT kit. The FOBT is also commonly called the ‘Poop Test’ because it involves collecting tiny samples of fecal matter which are tested in a lab for signs of colorectal cancer. This simple-to-use test can be done in the privacy of your own home.
Cancer Care Ontario sends personalized letters inviting eligible Ontario residents to get screened for colorectal, breast and cervical cancer. Cancer Care Ontario also sends letters reminding Ontario residents when it’s time to get screened again and informing them of their screening test results. If you receive an abnormal FOBT result you should visit your healthcare provider so you can be referred to have a colonoscopy. Abnormal FOBT results should be followed up with a colonoscopy within eight weeks.
People without a healthcare provider can get the FOBT kit by contacting Telehealth Ontario at 1.866.828.9213. More information is available at www.ontario.ca/coloncancercheck.
If you do not have a healthcare provider and you would like to find one, please click here.
The Screen for Life Mobile Coach also distributes the FOBT kit. Please visit Screen for Life Coach for more information or call 905-975-4467.
If you live on Six Nations or New Credit you can pick up an FOBT kit from the Six Nations Lab at Gane Yohs Community Health Centre (1769 Chiefswood Rd. Ohsweken).
Anyone with symptoms or a family history should talk to their healthcare provider about a colonoscopy referral.