New colon cancer screening test

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As of June 24th, 2019, Ontario has replaced the previous guaic fecal occult blood test (gFOBT) with the fecal immunochemical test (FIT). It is a safe and painless test that checks your stool (poop) for tiny drops of blood, which can be caused by colorectal cancer or some pre-cancerous polyps (growths in the colon or rectum that can turn into cancer over time). You can do this test at home and it only takes a few minutes. Unlike the previous gFOBT poop test, you do not have to change your diet or stop taking medication to do the test. It is also a single poop sample which is more convenient.

FIT is offered to all average risk patients age 50-74 and is typically done every 2 years. If you’re due for your colon cancer screening (or unsure), call our office and the kit can be ordered if due. Please ensure your mailing address on file is up to date as the FIT package will be mailed directly to your home.

To find out more about colon cancer screening and FIT, please visit Cancer Care Ontario.

Moving Update

We have moved into our new space at 220 Duncan Mill Road, Suite 201, and are now open during regular business hours. Please be advised parking is currently under construction and very limited. Please allow extra time to find parking, or consider parking at our previous location next door (240 Duncan Mill) and walking over. While we anticipate having a Lifelabs at our new location in the near future, it is not yet operational. In the interim patients can continue to use the Lifelabs at 240 Duncan Mill on the 7th floor. Once our lab is operational, patients will have the choice of using either Lifelabs location. As always, we appreciate everyone’s patience during this transition.

Moving Notice

Moving Notice

Please be advised that as of February 25th, 2019 our office will be moving to a new location:

220 Duncan Mill Road, Suite 201

The new office is one building west of our current location, on the same side of the street. There is on site pay parking.

Our office will be temporarily be closed to accommodate the move and will re-open Wednesday February 27th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Flu shots have arrived!

The wait is over. Flu shots arrived in our office just this week. The earlier you get vaccinated, the sooner you are protected. The flu shot can be administered at the same time as other routine immunizations such as the shingles vaccine, pneumonia vaccine, tetanus vaccine and routine childhood immunizations. Find out more about scheduling your flu shot or attending one of our flu shot clinics here.

Zika Update

Planning a winter vacation? Please keep Zika in mind. The Zika virus continues to be transmitted by mosquitoes in Africa, Asia, The Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, South America and The Pacific Islands. Women who are pregnant, considering getting pregnant, or their partners, should avoid travel to those areas as Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects. Visit www.cdc.gov/zika to find out more.

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Publicly funded vaccines

Toronto Public Health provides free hepatitis B, meningococcal (ACWY), and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations to Grade 7 and 8 students in schools. If your child has missed one of these vaccinations they can be received through our office by contacting our nurse.

Toronto Public Health also provides free hepatitis A and B vaccination for men who have sex with men (MSM). The HPV vaccine is also available free of charge for individuals, up to 26 years of age, who self-identify as MSM (gay, bisexual, or transgender). These vaccines can be received through our office by contacting our nurse.

New Shingles Vaccine Available

As of January 2018, a new shingles vaccine, Shingrix, is now available in Canada. It can be given to individuals over the age of 50 and is a 2 dose vaccine, given 2-6 months apart. Unfortunately it is not covered by OHIP but is covered by many private insurance plans and is available by prescription from your doctor. Based on studies, Shingrix is more effective at preventing shingles than Zostavax, which was previously the only shingles vaccine available. Zostavax continues to be covered by OHIP for individuals age 65-70. Speak to your doctor or our nurse Christy to find out more.

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Flu shots have arrived!

The wait is over. Flu shots arrived in our office just this week. The earlier you get vaccinated, the sooner you are protected. The flu shot can be administered at the same time as other routine immunizations such as the shingles vaccine, pneumonia vaccine, tetanus vaccine and routine childhood immunizations. Find out more about scheduling your flu shot or attending one of our flu shot clinics here.