Colorectal Cancer Screening – Clinical Practice Guidelines 2019 (available on the PDMS website, log-in and search)
FIT Protocol 2013 [PDF]
Pink Consent Form / Colonoscopy Referral Form: Call 1-888-561-2233 for delivery
Primary Care Providers
As a primary care provider, you are the first point of access for offering screening to average risk individuals 50 to 74 years of age, and for identifying patients at increased risk. Your role in Colorectal Cancer Screening Program (CCSP) includes:
- Risk assessment: Determining which screening method is right for each patient. FIT screening is the first choice for average risk individuals 50 to 74 years of age. Individuals who are at increased risk, for example those with a first degree member (parent, sibling, child) who have had colorectal cancer should be referred for a colonoscopy at the age of 40 years, or 10 years earlier than the relative’s age at diagnosis, whichever occurs first.
- Testing: Dispensing the program branded FIT kits.
- Ongoing care: Integrating colorectal cancer screening into patient care. A personalized message from a primary care physician to a patient can be the most effective recruitment method to organized screening.
- Talk about it: Discussing colorectal cancer screening with your patients at their next appointment.
- CCSP provides a patient consent form (pink) for participants. A laboratory requisition is not needed for CCSP participants at the ages of 50 to 74.
Fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is available for average risk individuals who are 50 to 74 years old. Primary care physicians play a key role in dispensing CCSP branded FIT kits. Participants can use the kit at home and then drop it off at a hospital laboratory.
Laboratories send all FIT results to primary care providers, and also to CCSP.
CCSP sends letters to participants about their results – normal/negative, abnormal/positive, or incomplete/rejected.
How to obtain CCSP Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) kits
Primary care providers (family physicians and nurse practitioners) can order CCSP FIT kits from the CCSP office below.
Check your current inventory of FIT kits to ensure that they are not expired or about to expire.
CCSP office – Four Neighborhoods Health Center, 152 St. Peters Rd, Charlottetown, PE, C1A5P8
Kits can be ordered by phone 902-368-5901, toll-free by phone 1-888-561-2233, by fax 902-368-6936 or email email@example.com
Primary care providers refer individuals with an abnormal/positive result or with an increased risk for colorectal cancer for a colonoscopy. Individuals who are at increased risk can be for example those with a first degree family member (parent, sibling or child) who have had colorectal cancer. In this case individuals can be referred for a colonoscopy at the age of 40 years, or 10 years earlier than the relative’s age at diagnosis, whichever occurs first. CCSP can provide a Colonoscopy Referral Form.