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Screening Guidelines

Colon Cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in Ontario for both men and women.

The good news is colon cancer is 90 per cent treatable if caught early enough. That’s why regular screening can save lives, maybe even yours.

This is why the Government of Ontario, in collaboration with Cancer Care Ontario, has created ColonCancerCheck, which is a province-wide screening program.

When should I start screening for colorectal cancer?

It's recommended that if you are 50 years of age or older, without a family history of colorectal cancer, you should be screened for the disease using an easy-to-use Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) every two years.

Individuals who are at increased risk of getting colorectal cancer may need to begin screening for the disease at a younger age and a colonoscopy is the more appropriate screening tool. Talk to your health care provider about your family history and the screening method that is right for you. 

To learn more about prevention and screening visit ColonCancerCheck - Public Information - MOHLTC.

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