The fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is Ontario’s colon cancer screening test for individuals between the ages of 50 and 74 years who have no first-degree family history (i.e. parent, sibling, child) of colon cancer.
Why is completing the FIT correctly important? If caught early through regular cancer screening, there is a 90% chance that colon cancer can be cured.
This simple and painless cancer screening test can be completed in the privacy of your own home. However, completing the FIT correctly continues to be a struggle in the Northwest, as many are rejected for varying reasons including incorrect labelling, the test being expired, or an issue with the sample. When a FIT is rejected, you must complete the test all over again.
In addition to the instructions that you are provided with to complete the kit, here are six tips to help you to successfully complete your FIT:
To get your FIT kit, 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 684-7777. For more information on colon cancer screening, visit www.tbrhsc.net/cancerscreening.
If you have a family history of colon cancer, talk to your health care provider about the best screening option for you.