Get screened for colorectal cancer

If you’re in a certain age or population group, you can also have screening tests that help find colorectal cancer before you’ve even noticed symptoms. Take control of your health – see your doctor regularly and know when you should be screened for certain cancers.

Why you should be screened for colorectal cancer

We know you want to enjoy all of life’s moments along the road of life. The Canadian Cancer Society reminds you that being proactive and prepared applies to colorectal cancer screening too.
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How a stool test can help find colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in Canada, yet it is 90% treatable when caught early.
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When should I be screened for colorectal cancer?

If you are 50 to 74 and not at high risk for colorectal cancer, have a stool test every 2 years.
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What are the benefits and limitations of screening for colorectal cancer?

Almost every test or procedure has benefits and limitations. Before having any test, it’s important to be aware of them so that you’re making an informed decision that’s right for you.
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How do I find a colorectal cancer screening program?

All provinces and territories have colorectal cancer screening available through an organized screening program or your healthcare provider.

Kavita survived colorectal cancer. You need to hear what she has to say.

Kavita is a colorectal cancer survivor who knows the importance of colorectal cancer screening. “The most important message that I would like to share with everyone is just do the test,” she says. “If I had done it, I probably would have been treated much earlier. I probably would have been treated at the polyp stage, rather than a full-blown cancer.”