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Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

The Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program is a provincial screening program that works to educate and increase the number of Albertans, aged 50 to 74, who have regular colorectal cancer screening using the Fecal Immunochemical Test. This is a home stool test (poop test) that finds blood in the stool. Screening is the best way to find colorectal cancer early.

Services include:

  • working with healthcare providers to support Albertans aged 50 to 74 in getting colorectal cancer screening across the province.
  • providing colorectal cancer screening information and education to eligible Albertans and healthcare providers.
  • mailing Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) result letters (normal and abnormal results) to eligible men and women who have been screened.

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Service Providers May Include
doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses (RNs)

Based on Albertan and Canadian recommendations (guidelines):

Adults, aged 50 to74, who live in Alberta and have no personal/family history of colorectal cancer (average/not at increased risk) 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.

People with a higher chance (increased risk) of developing colorectal cancer – due to personal / family history of colorectal cancer or pre-cancerous polyps in an immediate family member – should be screened regularly using colonoscopy. In these cases, screening colonoscopies may begin at age 40. Screening using FIT is not recommended for these people.

Talk to your healthcare provider about which test is right for you.

Service Access

FIT is a simple test you can do at home. If you are eligible, your healthcare provider will arrange for you to pick up a FIT kit from the lab to take 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.

Service Locations
Also Known As
Fecal Immunochemical Test