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Forzani & MacPhail Colon Cancer Screening Centre

Below are some answers to common questions about colon cancer and colon cancer testing.

What is the Forzani & MacPhail Colon Cancer Screening Centre?

The Forzani & MacPhail Colon Cancer Screening Centre is focused exclusively on the screening and early detection of colon cancer. Operated and fully funded by AHS, the Centre is located in the Teaching, Research and Wellness (TRW) building at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine (on the Foothills Medical Centre complex).

The facility occupies 23,000 square feet and features six endoscopy rooms, three reprocessing rooms, 24 recovery beds, six pre-assessment rooms, a theatre for public and professional activities and research facilities. Each day, the Centre sees approximately 250 patients for colon cancer screening and pre-assessment.

The Centre is actively engaged in clinical research and education, in partnership with the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine.

Approximately 18,000 procedures are performed annually at the centre.

Who runs the Centre?

The Centre has been operated by Alberta Health Services since 2009. The idea for the Centre was conceived in 2003 when the then-Calgary Health Region recognized a need for increased capacity for endoscopic procedures.