Screening means checking for a disease in a group of people who don’t show any symptoms of the disease. Screening tests can help find colorectal cancer before any symptoms develop. When colorectal cancer is found and treated early, the chances of successful treatment are better.
If you are 50 to 74 years old and not at high risk for colorectal cancer, you should be having a stool test every 2 years. If you are 75 or older, talk to your doctor about whether a stool test is right for you.
For more information about your province’s screening program guidelines, please see Screening Programs.
Information taken from Canadian Cancer Society.