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FAQ - About ColonCheck

What is ColonCheck, CancerCare Manitoba?

CancerCare Manitoba, with funding from Manitoba Health, established the Manitoba Colorectal Cancer Screening Program in April, 2007. The name of the screening program changed to ColonCheck in August 2009. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of Manitobans who die from colon and rectal cancers. The program invites people age 50 to 74 to be screened for colon cancer.

How did you get my address?

We are a program funded by Manitoba Health. Manitoba Health has given CancerCare Manitoba the names and addresses of people age 50 to 74. We also get billing data that tells us who has had a colonoscopy in the last 5 years or a home screening test in the last 2 years.

Why are only people 50-74 years of age invited to participate in ColonCheck Manitoba?

For people under 50 and over 74 years of age, screening depends on the person's health and family history. All Manitoba residents have access to screening for colon cancer. We encourage you to discuss colon cancer risk factors and screening options with your doctor or nurse.

 

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