06/18/2014 01:59 EDT | Updated 08/18/2014 05:59 EDT

Newfoundland and Labrador expands at-home colon cancer screening program

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador is expanding its screening program for colon cancer.

The government says residents living in the Labrador-Grenfell Health region will now be able to access the program.

The test can be administered at home for residents between the ages of 50 and 74.

Samples are returned to a laboratory for analysis and when necessary, participants are contacted for a follow-up colonoscopy.

The government says test kits have been distributed to more than 4,600 people since the program was launched two years ago in western and central Newfoundland.

The goal is to have kits available throughout the province by 2015.

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