Colon Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and we are encouraging Ontarians to get checked with a safe and painless take-home test.

  • Colon cancer (commonly called ‘colorectal cancer’ or ‘bowel cancer’) is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in Ontario. However, when caught early, nine out of 10 people can be cured.
  • We recommend that men and women at average risk between the ages of 50 and 74 get checked with a fecal occult blood test (FOBT) every two years. This test is safe and painless and can be done at home.

Getting checked for colon cancer helps find cancer earlier, when it may be easier to treat.

  • Evidence shows that getting checked for colon cancer with a fecal occult blood test (FOBT) can reduce the chance of death from colon cancer.
  • Many people don’t realize that colon cancer can be there for a long time before you show any symptoms, which makes it important to not only get checked, but also repeat the take-home test every two years even if you feel fine.

Colon screening for men

  • Colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in men in Ontario, but still many men do not get checked.
  • It is particularly important for healthcare providers to encourage men between the ages of 55 and 65 to get checked for colon cancer because they are the group likely to benefit the most from screening.
  • If your loved one is worried about getting checked for colon cancer, encourage them to talk to their doctor about their concerns.

To get a take-home fecal occult blood test kit:

  • Make an appointment to visit your healthcare provider today
  • Call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-828-9213 if you don’t have a healthcare provider

Helpful resources for the public:

Last modified: Tue, Feb 14, 2017
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