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Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

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.

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

Adults aged 50-74 with no personal or family history of colorectal cancer; colorectal cancer screening (average risk) using FIT with colonoscopy follow-up for FIT positive cases. Colorectal cancer screening via colonoscopy may begin at age 40, in those individuals with a personal history or family history of colorectal cancer, pre-cancerous polyps and / or inflammatory bowel disease. FIT testing is not recommended in the setting of a personal or family history of colorectal cancer. For more information about colorectal cancer, please refer to Screening for Life website.

Service Access

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.

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