Further update: Resumption of cancer screening services

June 16, 2020

Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

  • Effective June 15, 2020, FIT testing has resumed in Alberta and is recommended for persons aged 50-74. Physicians should avoid ordering FIT testing on patients who do not fall within the target age range.
  • Endoscopy services are resuming province-wide. FIT+ colonoscopies will be prioritized based upon wait times for their procedure.

Patients have been asked to contact their healthcare provider if they have an urgent concern such as a new symptom or a previous screen requiring immediate follow-up.

Visit screeningforlife.ca for more information and resources. Additional contact information is provided in the May 20, 2020 update below.

May 20, 2020

Albertans’ collective efforts of physical distancing, good hygiene practices and staying safe together are helping slow the spread of COVID-19. This has given Alberta Health Services Cancer Screening Programs confidence to begin resuming cancer screening services. A cautious and phased approach will guide the resumption of services.

Alberta Breast Cancer Screening Program

  • All Diagnostic Imaging facilities are resuming services.
  • Community Radiology Clinics will reopen, starting May 19, 2020.
  • Screen Test will resume its services in early June 2020.

Alberta Cervical Cancer Screening Program

  • Patients have been asked to contact their health care provider to discuss when regular Pap Tests should resume.
  • Colposcopy services are reopening province-wide.

Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

  • Endoscopy services are resuming province-wide. FIT+ colonoscopies will be prioritized based upon wait times for their procedure. 
  • FIT testing will resume in Alberta at a later date. 

If patients have an urgent concern such as a new symptom or a previous screen requiring immediate follow up, they have been asked to contact their health care provider. 

For further information, please contact:

Huiming Yang, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Medical Director, Screening Programs
Population, Public and Indigenous Health
Alberta Health Services

Phone: 1.866.727.3926 (client services line) 
Website: screeningforlife.ca
Breast email: ABCSP@ahs.ca
Cervical email: ACCSP@ahs.ca
Colorectal email: ACRCSP@ahs.ca 

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