Time to Screen during cancer awareness month

April 8, 2014

Is it time to begin cancer screening?

Cancer screening sees what you can't, and is proven to save lives by detecting pre-cancerous changes or cancer at an early stage.

Did you know?

  • Cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable with regular Pap tests, appropriate and timely follow-up and HPV immunization.
  • When caught early, there is a 90 percent chance that people with colorectal cancer will be cured.
  • Between 1990 and 2008, breast cancer death rates for Ontario women decreased by 37 percent, which may be the result of better treatments and increased screening with mammography and a recent decline in breast cancer incidence.

Assess your risk

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care created the ‘Time to Screen’ tool to make cancer screening more accessible. The simple and quick online tool gives Ontarians an introduction to cancer screening without a doctor’s appointment.

The Time to Screen tool assesses your risk based on your age, gender and family history. From there, you are guided to specific information about the type(s) of cancer you may be at risk for, and what the screening techniques are for each. Remember, cancer screening saves lives.

Find out when you should start screening for breast cancer, cervical cancer and colorectal cancer.

Screen for Life