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Cancer Screening

What is cancer screening? Cancer screening means testing your body for cancer. Cancer screening saves lives because it can find cancer early when it’s easier to treat or cure.

  • Screening can find cancer early when it’s easier to treat or cure.
  • Cancer screening can lead to better health outcomes.
  • Screening should be done when you are feeling healthy and have no symptoms.
  • Get your questions answered and learn more about cancer screening from Cancer Care Ontario.
 

When Should I be Screened for Cancer?

Use the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's Time To Screen Tool to help you find out when you should screen for breast cancer, cervical cancer and colorectal cancer.

Cancer Care Ontario Letters

Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) is now sending letters to invite you to begin screening, to remind you when it’s time to screen again, and to inform you of results for all 3 cancer screening programs.

 
Screen for Life Logo
 

Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP)

2014 March: CCO will send invitation letters to eligible women turning 50. Breast screening appointments are self-referral and can be made at any OBSP screening site. 1-800-668-9304. Talk to your health care provider.

Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OCSP)

2013 August: CCO began sending invitation letters to eligible women aged 30-69 inviting them to book a Pap test with their family doctor or nurse practitioner.

ColonCancerCheck (CCC)

2014 March: CCO will send letters to people aged 50-74 who have never been screened for colorectal cancer or who are due for colorectal screening inviting you to obtain the Fecal Occult Blood Test FOBT kit and to discuss screening with your family doctor or nurse practitioner.

 
Date of creation: February 15, 2013
Last modified on: May 2, 2017
 

References

1Canadian Cancer Society. (2012). What is Cancer. Retrieved from
http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-101/what-is-cancer/?region=on
2Cancer Care Ontario. (2012). Screen for Life. Retrieved from
https://www.cancercare.on.ca/cms/One.aspx?portalId=1377&pageId=8112