Colorectal Cancer Screening program at The Brantford General Hospital

391Colon.jpgBowel Cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. Ontario has the highest rates of colorectal cancer (CRC) in the world. It is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the province. Yet if it is detected early, CRC can be cured.

Primary Care Physicians play a vital role in ColonCancerCheck

Studies show that a recommendation from a primary care physician dramatically increases participation in cancer screening. Fecal Occult Blood Test Kits are supplied at physician's offices, pharmacies and through Telehealth Ontario (for those without a family physician). Mail your kit, in the self-addressed stamped envelope provided, which goes to a central laboratory and you will be notified of your results.


Project Goals

  • Increase screening rates391Colon2.jpg
  • Improve capacity for primary care providers to participate in colorectal cancer screening programs province-wide.
  • ColonCheckCancer funds screening for all asymptomatic average risk men & women, who are 50 years of age or older, every 2 years using Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) kit.
  • Those with a positive FOBT or at increased risk (with a first degree family member with colorectal cancer) should be referred for a colonoscoy at the age of 40 yrs. or 10 yrs. earlier than the relative's diagnosis, whichever comes first.

For more information, please visit the Cancer Care Ontario website at www.cancercare.on.ca and search on Colorectal Cancer Screening.

 

 
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