The Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program (ACRCSP) is an organized provincial colorectal cancer screening program coordinated by Alberta Health Services in partnership with healthcare providers.
The ACRCSP advocates for adherence to the Canadian colorectal cancer screening guidelines; these guidelines recommend that average-risk men and women aged 50 to 74 years of age participate in colorectal cancer screening using the FIT (Fecal Immunochemical Test) every 1-2 years. The FIT is a home stool test (poop test) that finds blood in the stool. Patients who are at increased risk of developing colorectal cancer (due to a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or pre-cancerous polyps) should be screened at regular intervals via a colonoscopy. Please speak to your doctor about what test is most appropriate for you.
ACRCSP develops and supports the implementation activities that help contribute to the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer.
- 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 years of age
- providing colorectal cancer screening quality assurance
- improving and supporting the overall quality of colonoscopies
- patient and provider education
- continual quality improvement in the delivery of colorectal cancer screening services based on feedback from Albertans, healthcare providers and research information
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