As you know primary screening of normal risk individuals using Fecal Occult Blood Testing (FOBT) commenced in April 2008.
Most cards are mailed back to testing laboratories by participants, which represents a new model for Ontario.
Laboratories are receiving up to 20% of cards without a requisition or with a requisition so incomplete it is impossible to identify the screened individual or responsible clinician.
Under these circumstances specimens cannot be tested. This represents a tremendous waste which will significantly impact the success of the program should the problem continue.
Please ensure your patients participating in ColonCancerCheck have a properly completed OHIP requisition (do not include other tests) and that they understand the requisition must be mailed back with the card once they have placed specimens under all flaps.