Cancer Screening


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Breast Cancer Screening – Mammograms

Evidence shows that regular mammograms every 2 years for women age 50 and over are the most effective way to detect breast cancer early.

Your chances of getting breast cancer increases as you get older. More than 80% of breast canncers are found in women over 50 years old, and most women diagnoses with breast cancer have to family history of the disease. Regular mammograms can help to find breast cancer when it is small and hard to detect.

Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

 

Cervical Cancer Screening – Pap Smears

It is important for all women to have pap smears done regularly as they can find the easliest signs of cervical cancer. If caught early, the change of curing cervical cancer is very high. Pap smears also can find infections and abnormal cervical cells that cn turn into cancer cells. Treatment can prevent most cases of cervical cancer from developming.

Women who are 21 years or older should have a regulas pap smear.

Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

 

 

Colon Cancer Screening – FOBT Test or Colonoscopy

It is recommended that you get screened for colorectal cancer with an FOBT kit every two years if you are 50 years of age and older and are at average risk for colorectal cancer. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer in a first degree relative (parent, sibling or child) or have symptoms, it is recommended that a colonoscopy is done to screen for colorectal cancer.

Ministry of Health and Long Term Care