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Screening and Early Detection

Screening is checking for health problems before symptoms appear.
Who should be screened for colon cancer?

The Newfoundland and Labrador Colon Cancer Screening Program recommends that all people aged 50 to 74 who are considered at average risk for colon cancer be screened with a home Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT). This includes people who:
  • have no personal or family history of colon cancer;
  • have not had a colonoscopy in the last five years; nor are currently scheduled for one; and
  • have no personal history of inflammatory colitis or Crohn’s disease.

People with a family history of colon cancer might have a higher chance of getting colon cancer. Individuals and families who are concerned about their cancer risk should talk to their care provider about a referral to the  Provincial Medical Genetics Program
Get a home screening test (FIT)

Newfoundland and Labrador Colon Cancer Screening Program




Updated May 28, 2018