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Colorectal Cancer Screening or “FIT test”

What is it?

The FIT test (or fecal immunochemical test) checks for tiny amounts of blood in your stool, which in some cases can be an early sign of colon cancer.  It is performed once every two years. 

Who is it for?

This test is for anyone between 50 and 74 years old, unless you have had a colonoscopy in the last 10 years. Individuals who are at a high risk of cancer because of their family history may require screening with colonoscopy instead of the FIT test. 

The test is not appropriate for anyone with active symptoms of colon cancer. 

Where is it offered?

The FIT test kit is offered through the Chishaayiyuu department at your local CMC; you take the test itself in your home. 

How does it work?

In the bathroom,  

  • When you pass a stool, you will take a tiny sample of your stool using the tools provided by your health care professional 
  • You then place the stool sample in a sterile container provided for you. 
  • You bring the container to your CMC, which will send it to the lab.  
  • The CMC will follow up on your results once it is processed. 
  • If your results are normal, it is recommended that you redo this test in two years.  

If your results are abnormal, your CMC will contact you for further tests to rule out colorectal cancer. 

How long does it last?

The test itself only takes a few minutes of your time. The test results are ready in 3 to 4 weeks. 

How can I get this service?

You can get this service by discussing it with your Chishaayiyuu CHR, nurse or doctor. 

Where can I learn more?

Talk with your Chishaayiyuu CHR, nurse or doctor for more information.

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