The Colon Check® pilot, a population-based screening program for colorectal cancer, was launched in 2009 in three BC communities – Penticton, Powell River, and Vancouver. The pilot has been very successful and to date has completed over 20,000 screens and identified over 55 patients with cancer in the 3 communities. Pre-cancerous lesions have also been removed in hundreds of patients.
The new Colon Screening Program builds on the experiences of the pilot in an effort to develop a more accessible, affordable and sustainable screening program model that would work for individuals no matter where in BC they live.
When does the Colon Check® pilot end?
The Colon Check pilot has now ended. All Colon Check patients have been transitioned to the new Colon Screening Program.
What do I do if I want to get screened for colon cancer after April 1, 2013?
Talk to your doctor about participating in the Colon Screening Program. For more information on how to get tested click here.
How is the new Provincial Colon Screening Program different from the Colon Check® pilot?
Many aspects of the pilot will carry over into the new program, including the use of the fecal immunochemical test (FIT). The key difference is that you will now need to go see your doctor for an order form to pick-up a FIT kit from participating laboratories.
What do I do if I’m a Colon Check® participant waiting to be recalled for my next screening?
You will be notified by the BC Cancer Agency at the appropriate interval by mail to see your family doctor regarding re-screening.
If I still have my Colon Check® test kit, can I use it and drop it off to be processed?
An unused Colon Check test kit expires 6 months from the date of pick-up. Check the expiry date on the test. If the test is still valid, you can drop it off at one of the laboratories listed in the instructions provided in your FIT.
Now that the pilot has ended, what will happen to the sample I recently dropped off?
If your sample was dropped off prior to the pilot ending, it will be processed as per usual. If your results are normal they will be mailed to you, if they are abnormal we will arrange for a coordinator affiliated with the pilot to discuss follow-up options with you.