Are you between the ages of 50 and 74? If so, it may be time for your colon cancer screening test.
This year Cancer Care Ontario has made it easier for you to be screened for colon cancer. Starting June 24th, the previous Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) will be replaced by the new and improved Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT). FIT is more sensitive than the FOBT at detecting colon cancer and pre-cancerous polyps, easier and quicker to use, and requires only one stool specimen. In addition, FIT has no dietary or medication restrictions. The overall risk of developing colon cancer rises once you reach the age of 50. Early detection of colon cancer leads to better treatment outcomes, so please don’t delay speaking with your primary care provider about whether the FIT is right for you. If you are interested in learning more, join us at Quest for a drop-in information session about how the FIT works. Sessions will be held Tuesday, July 9th and Wednesday, July 10th from 1:00-3:00pm. We hope to see you there.