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Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

Alternate names: ACRCSP

The ACRCSP recommends that average-risk men and women aged 50 to 74 participate in colorectal cancer screening using the FIT (Fecal Immunochemical Test) every 1-2 years. The FIT is a home stool test that finds blood in the stool.

ACRCSP develops and implements activities that help contribute to the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer.

Services include:

  • providing increased access to colorectal cancer screening services across the province
  • providing information and education to target age groups and healthcare providers
  • mailing FIT home stool test result letters (abnormal and normal) to men and women between 50 and 74 and their healthcare provider
  • providing colorectal cancer screening quality assurance
  • supporting continual quality improvement in the delivery of colorectal cancer screening services based on feedback from Albertans, healthcare providers and research information

For more information, visit screening for life.ca/

Available to

Adults aged 50 to 74. If younger than 50 years must have a personal history or family history of colorectal cancer, colorectal polyps, and/or inflammatory bowel disease.

Accessing the service - more information:

The ACRCSP does not perform screening colonoscopies. If a screening colonoscopy is required please refer the patient to an endoscopist who performs screening colonoscopies in your area or a centralized colorectal cancer screening program within your area.

Referral needed

A referral is needed to access this service. Call for more information.

Speak to your doctor about what colorectal cancer screening option is best for you.

Service providers

doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses (RNs)

Service locations

Please visit the links below for more details about this service at various locations.