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Colon Cancer Prevention Program temporarily suspended

Cancer Care Nova Scotia (CCNS) recently announced it is temporarily holding off on mailing out its colon cancer home screening kits until a problem with the sensitivity of the device used to process the kit is corrected.

But, there is no reason for people to be concerned. Colon cancer develops from certain growths in the colon that may take up to a dozen years to become a cancer. The precancerous polyps have an increasing chance of bleeding as they grow. Because small amounts of blood can normally be found in stool, the home screening test is designed to find abnormal amounts of blood, while ignoring the tiny amounts lost by people who don't have polyps or cancers.

That’s why the Colon Cancer Prevention Program encourages testing every two years. This means a delay in receiving the home screening kit should not be a cause for concern. 

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