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Preventing Colon Cancer
Each year about 800 Nova Scotians are diagnosed with colon cancer and many of them have no warning signs or symptoms. The Colon Cancer Prevention Program is trying to change this. If you are between 50 and 74 years old, you can help. When you receive the test in the mail, take five minutes and do it. It could save your life. It likely saved Mr. Smith’s life.

“I got the test in the mail and although I was feeling fine, I did the test anyway, said Franklin (Lynn) Smith from Mabou. “My test result was abnormal and I needed a colonoscopy. The doctor found and removed seven polyps during the colonoscopy. He told me they would have become cancer if they had not been removed. The ten minutes I took to do that screening test probably saved my life.”

colonjan13“Our Colon Cancer Prevention Program has already saved the lives of 800 Nova Scotians,” said Dr. Bernard Badley, Medical Director, Colon Cancer Prevention Program. “If more people did the test when they got it in the mail, we would save even more lives.”

Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s Colon Cancer Prevention Program was established in 2009 to help reduce the number of people being diagnosed with colon cancer and dying from it. Since March 2011 it has been available to all Nova Scotians, who are registered with MSI and who are between 50 and 74 years old. Below is a summary of what you need to know:

Colon Cancer Screening: What you need to know

- If you are registered with MSI and are between 50 and 74 years old, you will automatically receive a home screening test (FIT) in the mail every two years close to your even birthday (50, 52, 54 …).
- The home screening test for colon cancer should be done when you are feeling well and before you have warning signs or symptoms
- The home screening test can prevent colon cancer by finding growths before they become cancer. These growths can be removed during a colonoscopy.
- The home screening test can also find colon cancer early when it can be treated better.
- The home screening test, like all cancer screening tests, needs to be done regularly to work best. People need to do the test every two years when it comes in the mail.
- The home screening test for colon cancer, like all cancer screening tests should be done when you are feeling well.
- If you are not feeling well, or have worrisome symptoms, talk with a doctor or health care provider.
- The home screening test for colon cancer is a simple test that can be done in the privacy of your own home, without changing your diet. It could save your life. To learn more about the home screening test, visit the Colon Cancer Prevention Program page on our website or call toll-free 1-866-599-2267, option 2.


See our colon cancer frequently asked questions (FAQ) for more information on screening.

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