Colon Cancer Prevention Resources
The fecal immunochemical stool test (FIT), introduced in Nova Scotia in 2009, has been very effective. As of September 2015, the test has identified over 5,000 asymptomatic Nova Scotians with one or more adenomatous polyps; it identified another 317 Nova Scotians who had cancer, often diagnosed at a very early stage, when treatment is most effective.
If the earlier test is so good, why change?
Unfortunately, only about 30% of Nova Scotians are currently participating in the program, and even fewer are repeating the test when it is re‐offered every two years. So we have looked for ways to encourage more people to do the test. Learn more about the new test.