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Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy (FS) is a colon cancer screening option in the Central Region which offers a less invasive, more convenient testing option to average risk patients compared to a colonoscopy. Southlake Regional Health Centre is 1 of 9 projects sites in Ontario launched by Cancer Care Ontario andOntario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Who is eligible for the RN Flexible Sigmoidoscopy?

  • Men and women aged 50 to 74 who are at average risk of developing colon cancer with:
  • No history of colon polyps (tissue overgrowths) or cancer
  • No history of colon cancer in first degree relatives (parent, sibling or child)
  • No unusual symptoms, bleeding, pain, or changes in their bowel habits
  • No positive stool sample test in the last two years

Why choose Flexible Sigmoidoscopy?
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy (FS) examines the lower 1/3 of the large bowel where approximately 60% of colon polyps arise. Colon polyps are known as a potential precursor to colon cancer.
  • No sedation is required, therefore minimal time off work is required and no assistance in returning home is needed
  • FS is safer with less chance of a perforation (tear in the bowel) compared to a colonoscopy
  • Preparation is minimal, only one enema in the evening before and one enema in the morning of the procedure
  • International evidence and experience suggests that non-physicians can perform FS safely and effectively
If you are a doctor, referring your patients is as easy as 1-2-3
  1. Call your local FS Program Coordinator and arrange a brief meeting.
  2. Provide the FS Program Coordinator with a list of rostered patients aged 50 to 74 and they will ensure that all eligible patients receive the colon screening they need.
  3. For ongoing referrals simply contact the FS Program Coordinator in your region directly.

More Information
For more information, please contact:
Donna Bremaud RN, CGN(c)
Nurse Coordinator
Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
Southlake Regional Health Centre
Phone: 905-895-4521 ext. 6512
Fax: 905-853-2208

Southlake Regional Health Centre
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