Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Canada, second only to cardiovascular diseases. The most common causes of death from cancer are lung, breast, colon, and prostate cancer.
There are several ways your Doctor can help you screen for cancer. Please review your specific situation with your Physician at your medical visit.
For more information on cancer, visit The Canadian Cancer Society.
Guidelines for Cancer Screening in Ontario
Breast Cancer Screening
- Age 50-74
- Low Risk – Every 2 years
- High Risk – Every year, starting at age 30
Cervical Cancer Screening
- pap tests
- every 3 years
- age 21 to 70
- who are or who have even been sexually active
Colon Cancer Screening
- Men and Women
- Age 50 to 74
- Low Risk – Stool check for blood (FOBT) every 2 years
- High Risk – Colonoscopy every 10 years, starting 10 years earlier than relative with colon cancer
There is also screening tests available for other forms of cancer. Please contact your Doctor to review what is available and whether this applies to your situation.