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.