The CCAC applauds the decision of the Quebec Ministry of Health (Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux – MSSS, http://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca) and its Minister Yves Bolduc to implement a colorectal cancer screening pilot in anticipation of launching a province wide colorectal cancer screening program. Félicitations! We look forward to updating Quebec’s information on our Canada Screening & Treatment map.

There is no word yet on whether the program will utilize the Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) or Fecal Immunochemical test (FIT) for the preliminary screening of symptom-free  adults, but those who are identified as high-risk (that is, those who have a family history of the disease) will have access to screening that corresponds to their risk, namely a colonoscopy.

Said CCAC president Barry Stein, “The CCAC has been advocating for primary prevention, screening and equal and timely access to effective treatments throughout the country. We are thrilled that the Minister and the Government of Quebec have elected to implement the program. At the same time, it is also imperative that the standard of care in the treatment of the disease be provided to ensure that the lives of those already touched by the disease are prolonged and that their quality of life is maintained.”

The proposed pilot program launch is exciting news, since the CCAC has been calling for all provinces to implement colorectal cancer screening programs since 2005. We are proud to say that as of 2010, all provinces have become members of the National Colorectal Cancer Screening Network and have committed to bringing in colorectal cancer screening programs.

Click here to read the official CCAC Press Release in English and en français.