Based on Albertan and Canadian recommendations (guidelines):
Individuals, aged 50 to74, who live in Alberta and have no symptoms and no family history in a first degree relative are eligible for regular colorectal cancer screening using FIT every year. Adults with an abnormal result (FIT positive) are recommended to have follow-up testing using a specialized test called a colonoscopy.
Individuals with a higher chance (increased risk) of developing colorectal cancer (personal / family history of colorectal cancer or pre-cancerous polyps in an immediate family member) should be screened regularly using a colonoscopy. In these cases, screening colonoscopies may begin at age 40. Screening using FIT is not recommended for these individuals.
Talk to your healthcare provider about which test is right for you.
FIT is a simple test you can do at home. If you're eligible, your healthcare provider will give you a lab requisition to take to the lab to pick up your FIT kit. If you're aged 50 to 74, you can order a FIT kit online at screeningforlife.ca or by phone at 1-866-727-3926. If you're eligible, the FIT kit will be mailed to your home.
The ACRCSP does not perform screening colonoscopies. If a colonoscopy is needed, your healthcare provider will make a referral for you. If you are having gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, please let your healthcare provider know.