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Primary Care Providers
 

As a primary care provider, you are the first point of access for offering screening to average risk individuals 50 years and older, and for identifying patients at increased risk. Your role in the ColonCancerCheck program includes:

  • Risk assessment: Determining which screening method is right for each patient. FOBT screening is the first choice for average risk individuals 50 years and older. Individuals who are at increased risk -- i.e., those with a first degree family member (parent, sibling or child) who have had colorectal cancer -- should be referred for a colonoscopy at the age of 50 years, or 10 years earlier than the relative's age at diagnosis, whichever occurs first.
  • Testing: Dispensing the program branded FOBT kits and teaching patients how to collect the samples. 
  • Ongoing care: Integrating colorectal cancer screening into ongoing patient care. Research shows a personalized message from a primary care physician to a patient is the most effective recruitment method to organized screening.
  • Talk about it: Discussing colorectal cancer screening with your patients at their next appointment or periodic health examination.
  • Laboratory requisition: View or print a copy

FOBT Screening

Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) screening is available for average risk individuals who are 50 years and older. Primary care physicians play a key role in dispensing ColonCancerCheck branded FOBT kits and teaching their patients how to collect the samples. Participants can use the kit at home and then mail it to or drop it off at a participating community laboratory.

Laboratories send all FOBT results to primary care providers, and also to ColonCancerCheck. ColonCancerCheck sends letters to participants about their test results – normal/negative, abnormal/positive, or indeterminate/rejected.  More information about FOBT is available on the ColonCancerCheck website. 

For answers to questions about how to order additional FOBT kits, view:

Colonoscopy Referral

Primary care providers refer individuals at increased risk, i.e. those with a first degree family member – (parent, child or sibling) who have had colorectal cancer, for a colonoscopy at the age of 50 years, or 10 years earlier than the relative’s age at diagnosis, whichever occurs first. Local hospitals participating in the program can provide providers with their Colonoscopy Referral Form and instructions for using their referral process.

Last modified: Thu, Aug 03, 2017
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