Register for Colorectal Cancer Screening Program - Get a FIT

The PEI Colorectal (Colon) Cancer Screening Program supports the early detection of polyps or colon cancer and helps reduce the number of people in Prince Edward Island who die from this disease.  

How do I get screened for colorectal cancer?

Before ordering a testing kit, please check if you are eligible for screening with a FIT that detects blood in the stool:

  • Age 50-74?  
  • Clear of a family history of colorectal cancer (parent or sibling)? 
  • Clear of a personal history of more severe polyps or cancer of the bowel?
  • You did NOT have a colonoscopy in the last five years? 
  • You do NOT have a colonoscopy planned or scheduled? 
  • You did NOT receive a referral for colonoscopy?
  • Free of changes in your bowel movements? 
  • Free of visible blood in your stool? 
  • Free of excessive vomiting? 

If you answer all questions with 'yes', you can get screened with a fecal immunochemical test (FIT).

If you experience symptoms or have a family history, you should consult a health professional to discuss which screening is right for you.

What is the Home Screening Test (FIT)?

The home screening test used by the PEI Colorectal Cancer Screening Program is known as the fecal immunochemical test (FIT). The FIT will check for blood in the stool that cannot be seen with the naked eye.

If blood is found, then further consultations with a doctor or nurse practitioner will determine what follow-up procedures (such as a colonoscopy) may be needed.

Participants are encouraged to be tested every two years

How do I get a FIT test?

To complete the form you will need your PEI Health Card and personal information. 

The Colorectal Cancer Screening Program will send a FIT Kit containing all of the necessary equipment and instructions to you in the mail.
 

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