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Expiry Dates - FOBT Kits
The ColonCancerCheck Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) kit, as with most medical devices, has an expiry date. ColonCancerCheck FOBTs have a shelf life of three years, and FOBTs distributed in 2008 that have not been submitted to laboratories for processing will expire in 2011.The first batch of FOBTs produced in 2008 have an expiry date of February 2011.
How to check the expiry date on the FOBT kit and ensure your patients have enough time to complete the test and mail it to the laboratory for processing.
Colorectal Cancer Fast Facts
- Ontario has one of the highest rates of colorectal cancer in the world.
- The most effective way to save lives is through screening.
- When detected early colorectal cancer has a 90 per cent cure rate.
- Only 30 per cent of Ontarians over 50 have had colorectal screening through a Fecal Occult Blood Test 1
In January 2007, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, in collaboration with Cancer Care Ontario announced a $193.5-million investment over five years to establish a colorectal cancer screening program, called ColonCancerCheck. A Clinical Advisory Committee (CAC) brought experts together to guide the development of the program, which was launch April 1, 2008. Now it's time for you to become involved.
What is the burden of illness for colorectal cancer?
- Ontario has one of the highest rates of colorectal cancer in the world
- It is estimated that one in 14 men will develop colorectal cancer during their lifetime, and one in 27 will die of it; one in 15 women will develop colorectal cancer during their lifetime, and one in 31 will die of it
- In Ontario in 2009, colorectal cancer is estimated to be the second most common cause of cancer deaths
- In 2009, an estimated 3,300 Ontarians (1,800 men; 1,500 women) died of colorectal cancer.2
1Cancer System Quality Index, 2009, Cancer Quality Council of Ontario and Cancer Care Ontario
2Source : Canadian Cancer Society Statistics, 2009