ColonCheck recommends most people age 50-74 do a fecal occult blood test (FOBT) every 2 years. The FOBT is a simple, painless test done in the privacy of your own home. The FOBT can help find:
polyps before they turn into cancer, and
colon cancer in an earlier stage making it more easily treated.
Colon cancer, also known as colorectal or bowel cancer, originates from small growths (polyps) in the colon or rectum. You can have these growths for several years without having symptoms. Most polyps do not become cancerous. Some polyps can turn into cancer if they are not removed.
The colon is part of your body’s digestive system. It’s job is to move waste material, or things your body does not need, from the small intestine to the rectum.
Together the colon and the rectum make up the large intestine (bowel).
The small intestine absorbs most of the nutrients from what you eat and then passes on the leftover waste to the colon. The colon absorbs water from the waste. What is left is called stool (feces or poop). When you have a bowel movement, the stool leaves the rectum through the anus.
BreastCheck, CervixCheck, and ColonCheck operate population-based registries which allow us to:
Invitation strategies used include:
Each program sends a variety of letter types on a pre-determined timeline.
|NOTIFY||Advise eligible individual that they will receive a test unless they contact the screening program|
|INVITE||Encourage eligible individual to participate in screening for the first time|
|RECALL||Invite an eligible individual to participate in screening at the recommended interval|
|REMIND||Sent after the initial invite to the eligible individual as a reminder to do the test|
|RESULT*||Inform an individual of their screening test result.|
*CervixCheck will send a result letter to a patient if they have a high-grade abnormal result or if the patient does not have appropriate follow-up listed in the CervixCheck registry.
For more information on each program's correspondence pathway, click below:
The CancerCare Manitoba Screening Programs have a team of Health Educators that plan, implement, and evaluate various education and health promotion activities for the public and providers on breast, cervical and colon cancer screening. Click below to:
Northern Burntwood 2014 | 2013 | 2012
Northern Norman 2014 | 2013 | 2012
Southern Central 2014 | 2013 | 2012
Southern South Eastman 2014 | 2013 | 2012
Interlake-Eastern Interlake 2014 | 2013 | 2012
Interlake-Eastern North Eastman 2014 | 2013 | 2012
Prairie Mountain Assiniboine 2014 | 2013 | 2012
Prairie Mountain Parkland 2014 | 2013 | 2012