If a Canada Post disruption occurs, we will:
If you have received a home screening test from ColonCheck, wait to begin the test until the postal strike is over. If you have started a home screening test and are unable to send it in due to the Canada Post work disruption, contact us.
The home screening test is a test that looks for hidden blood in the stool (poop). It is also called a Fecal Occult Blood Test or FOBT. It is a simple test that you do in your own bathroom.
You place samples of your stool on a test card and send it to the lab where it is checked for hidden blood. Blood may be a sign of polyps or colon cancer.
ColonCheck does not require you to stop eating red meat or to stop taking medications to do this test. You can continue to eat your usual diet except for Vitamin C. Eating a lot of Vitamin C may hide blood that is in your stool.
If you did consume more than 250 mg of vitamin C during the collection period, please discard the test and click here to request a new test. After you do the test, you send it in the mail to the lab. ColonCheck will send you and your health care provider your result.
Some of the benefits of the home screening test include:
The home screening test is not perfect:
Some polyps and colon cancers do not bleed. Therefore, the home screening test will not detect all polyps or cancer.
It is recommended that most men and women age 50–74 do a home screening test (stool test) every 2 years. If you are younger than 50, or older than 74, screening depends on the person's health and family history therefore we encourage you to discuss your colon cancer risk factors and screening options with your health care provider.
The home screening test is for people who have no symptoms of colon cancer. You can feel well and not know that you have polyps or colon cancer in the early stages.
You do not need to do the test now if you have:
Do not do the test if you have:
These may be symptoms of colon cancer. If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor or nurse immediately as you may need other tests.
we invite you to request a Home Screening Test or order a replacement Home Screening Test in any one of the ways below:
We will mail you your test result if it is normal. If it is abnormal, you will get a phone call from ColonCheck's Follow-up Coordinator and a letter in the mail. Your health care provider, if you specified one when you filled out the response form, will also be sent a copy of your result. The Follow-up Coordinator or your health care provider will set up an appointment for colonoscopy.
A colonoscopy is a procedure that allows the doctor to examine the inside of your colon and rectum. A long flexible tube (colonoscope) with a small camera is passed into your rectum and colon. On a video monitor, the doctor looks for any abnormal areas on the lining of your colon. Sometimes a small tissue sample will be taken. This is called a biopsy. If polyps are found, they can be removed using tiny tools passed through the colonoscope. The samples will be sent to a lab where they will be checked for signs of cancer.