Cancer prevention and screening is an integral part of Regional
Cancer Care. Statistics show that at least 50 per cent of
cancers can be prevented through healthy living and policies
that protect the public, such as the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.
Northwestern Ontario has some of the highest rates
of obesity, inactivity and tobacco use in the province. Our
region has some of the highest rates for colorectal and lung
cancer in Ontario.
Preventive Oncology promotes healthy behaviour and environments
and encourages residents of Northwestern Ontario to be aware
of their risks for developing cancer.
What is cancer screening?
Cancer screening can find cancer early or detect changes
that might become cancer. Many kinds of cancer can be treated
or cured when detected early. These tests may be done by your
healthcare provider, such as a Pap test to screen for cervical
cancer. Other tests, such as colonoscopies, are done by specialists
at the hospital. Cancer screening tests are also done at special
centres or sites, like the Ontario
Breast Screening Coach. You can even do screening tests
yourself at home, such as the Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT)
to screen for colorectal cancer.
|Reduce your risk!
- Live smoke-free and avoid second hand smoke
- Eat a healthy diet with 7-10 servings of vegetables and
fruits each day
- Limit the amount of fat you eat, and limit alcohol to one
or two drinks per day
- Be active every day and maintain a healthy body weight
- Cover up! Avoid sunburns and reduce sun exposure between
11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Follow safety instructions at work and home to avoid contact
with hazardous materials
- Get screened regularly and talk to your healthcare provider
if you notice changes in your health
Who should be screened?
Certain people may have a higher risk of developing certain
types of cancer. For example, having a family history of cancer
or being age 50 or older can increase your risk for some cancers.
Talk with your healthcare provider about regular screening
tests, particularly if you are age 50 or older.
What kind of cancers can be found through regular
Some cancers are more easily treated and cured if found early.
These include breast,