Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer

With a referral from a physician or contact Telehealth Ontario at 1 866 828-9213

Who can get screened?

  • 50 years of age and older
  • those at increased risk (i.e. with a family member – parent, child or sibling – with colorectal cancer)

Colorectal Cancer Screening and the ColonCancerCheck program

In Ontario, for people at average-risk, colon cancer screening is done using the FOBT

  • A fecal occult blood test (FOBT) is a screening test that can be done at home that checks for the presence of microscopic or occult blood in the feces that may be caused by colorectal cancer
  • The FOBT test, used by ColonCancerCheck, is recommended every 2 years for average-risk people aged 50–74
  • FOBT tests are available through doctors and nurse practitioners. Individuals without access to a doctor or nurse practitioner can contact Telehealth Ontario at
    1 866 797-0000

Colonoscopy is recommended for people at increased risk because of family history (one or more first degree relatives—parent, sibling or child—with colorectal cancer)

The ColonCancerCheck Program
The ColonCancerCheck program is an initiative of Cancer Care Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. To learn more, visit or contact the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care at 1 866 410-5853

Additional Information
Learn more about colon cancer and how you can reduce your risk, or call the Canadian Cancer Society’s Cancer Information Service toll-free at 1 888 939-3333