Forzani & MacPhail Colon Cancer Screening Centre

Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

The Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program (ACRCSP) is an organized provincial colon cancer screening program coordinated by Alberta Health Services in partnership with health care providers dedicated to increasing the number of men and women ages 50 to 74 who have regular colon cancer screening.

ACRCSP develops activities to help contribute to the prevention and early detection of colon cancer, including:

  • Providing information and education to specific age groups and health care providers;
  • Increasing access to colon cancer screening services throughout the province;
  • Working with health care providers and labs to correspond directly with patients who have been screened;
  • Providing a follow-up reminder system for health care providers;
  • Providing colon cancer screening quality assurance;
  • Supporting continual quality improvement in the delivery of colon cancer screening services based on feedback from Albertans and health care providers as well as research information.

For more information about the ACCSRP, visit

What are my chances of getting colon cancer?

Everyone is at risk - get tested. It could save your life. Approximately 15-20 percent of adults over age 50 develop polyps. Only a few of these polyps ever turn into cancer. Colon cancers can be prevented altogether if polyps are found early and removed before they have a chance to become cancerous. There is no way to tell which ones will turn into cancer.