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Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

This program is an organized provincial colorectal cancer screening program coordinated by Alberta Health Services in partnership with health care providers. ACRCSP is dedicated to increasing the number of men and women aged 50 to 74 who have regular colorectal cancer screening.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Alberta. There is strong medical evidence to show that colorectal cancer screening can reduce colorectal cancer deaths, yet only about 20% of Albertans age 50 to 74 are presently screening. The ACRCSP's correspondence component is operational in Northern Lights and Calgary health regions and will be rolled out to the rest of Alberta over the next year.

ACRCSP is developing activities that will contribute to the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer including:

  • Providing information and education to specific age groups and health care providers;
  • Increasing access to colorectal cancer screening services throughout the province;
  • Working with health care providers and labs to correspond directly with patients who have been screened;
  • Providing a follow-up reminder system for health care providers;
  • Providing colorectal cancer screening quality assurance;
  • Supporting continual quality improvement in the delivery of colorectal cancer screening services based on feedback from Albertans and health care providers as well as research information.

For more information about the Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program, visit www.screeningforlife.ca

Available to


  • aged 50 to 74.
  • with personal and/or family history of colorectal (colon/bowel) cancer, colorectal adenomatous polyps, and/or inflammatory bowel disease.

Referral needed

a doctor's referral is required.

Service locations

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