Complete your colon cancer screening kit once you receive it! Waiting too long is one of the main reasons kits are rejected.
The fecal occult blood test (FOBT) kit is Ontario’s colon cancer screening test for men and women between the ages of 50 and 74 years who have no first-degree family history (i.e. parent, sibling, child) of colon cancer. The simple and painless cancer screening kit can be completed in the privacy of your own home. However, completing the FOBT kit correctly continues to be a struggle in the Northwest, as many kits are rejected for varying reasons, with the top reasons being incorrect labeling, expired specimen, or using an expired card. When a kit is rejected, for varying reasons, you must complete it all over again.
Why is completing the FOBT kit correctly important? If caught early through regular cancer screening, there is a 90% chance that colon cancer can be cured.
In addition to the instructions that you are provided with to complete the kit, here are 10 tips to help you to successfully complete your FOBT kit:
If you don’t have a kit yet but need one, talk to your health care provider. If you don’t have a health care provider, you can get a kit from Telehealth Ontario by calling 1-866-828-9213 or by making an appointment on the Screen for Life Coach by calling 1-800-461-7031 or 684-7777. For more information on colon cancer screening, visit www.tbrhsc.net/cancerscreening.