The target for this indicator is 60% of people reporting receiving a colorectal cancer screening fecal test. In 2012 and 2013, no provinces/territories achieved this target.
Measuring colorectal cancer control
As with all cancers, early detection of colorectal cancer can greatly increase the survival prognosis of a patient. Colorectal cancer can be detected with a simple screening method in the form of a fecal test, which when producing an abnormal result is followed by a colonoscopy. Provinces and territories in Canada have been working towards creating colorectal cancer screening programs in an effort to increase the availability and utilization of screening tests for this disease. Advances in the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer have led to an increase in 5-year relative survival from 56% in the early 1990’s to 65% in the mid 2000s. It is expected that expansion of colorectal screening efforts will drive survival up further.