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Your Next Colonoscopy

Fecal immunochemical tests now available in labs throughout the province. Learn more here.‎

Colonoscopy is a procedure that allows a colonoscopist to see the inside lining of the rectum and colon using a special instrument called a colonoscope.

Colonoscopy is recommended every 5 years for people with at least 1 of the following:

  • 1 first degree relative (mother, father, sister, brother, daughter or son) with colon cancer diagnosed under the age of 60; or,
  • 2 or more first-degree relatives with colon cancer diagnosed at any age; or,
  • A personal history of adenomas. Adenomas are a type of non-cancerous tumours.
You may also be referred for a colonoscopy if you have had an abnormal fecal immunochemical test. While waiting for your colonoscopy, please speak with your health care provider if you are experiencing these symptoms at any time:

  • Blood in your stool
  • Abdominal pain
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Unexplained weight loss
For more information on colonoscopy results, click here.

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