FAQs

What to get screened for?

Ontario Breast Screening Program
For women age 50 – 74
Every 2 years

Mammography can find cancer when it’s small so there’s less chance of it spreading. The Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) offers free, high-quality mammography to women ages 50 to 74 with no symptoms or family history of the disease. The OBSP will send you a reminder/recall letter in the mail when you’re due for your mammogram. You can book your own appointment, or book through your health-care provider. For a complete list of local OBSP locations in the region please visit hnhbscreenforlife.ca

Individuals with symptoms or a family history should contact their health-care provider regarding an appointment with a Breast Diagnostic Assessment Unit (DAU). Located at 22 sites across the region, DAUs provide access to screening, assessment, diagnosis and treatment for all breast abnormalities.

Ontario Cervical Screening Program
For women age 21-69
Every 3 years

Cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable with regular Pap tests, timely follow-up of abnormal results and HPV immunization. Pap tests are recommended for women if they are or have ever been sexually active. This test is the only way to detect early changes that might lead to cervical cancer. The Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OSCP) will send you a reminder/recall letter when you’re due for your Pap test. It can be done at your health-care provider’s office. If you don’t have a health-care provider, visit a walk-in or sexual health clinic.

ColonCancerCheck
For men and women age 50-74
Every 2 years

While colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Ontario, it’s highly treatable when caught early. The Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) is a safe and easy at-home test that screens for early signs. You’ll receive a reminder/recall letter in the mail from ColonCancerCheck when you’re due for your FOBT. Ask your health-care provider for a FOBT kit. People without a health-care provider can get a kit by contacting Telehealth Ontario, 1-866-828-9213.

Why get screened?

Your Regional Cancer Program in partnership with Cancer Care Ontario recommends screening for Breast, Cervical and Colorectal cancer as part of your routine medical care. Thousands of Ontarians are alive and healthy today because they got screened and were able to either prevent these cancers or find them early.

When to screen?

Ontario Breast Screening Program
For women age 50 – 74
Every 2 years

Mammography can find breast cancer when it’s small so there’s less chance of it spreading. The Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) offers free, high-quality mammography to women ages 50 to 74 with no symptoms or family history of the disease. The OBSP will send you a reminder/recall letter in the mail when you’re due for your mammogram. You can book your own appointment, or book through your health-care provider. For a complete list of local OBSP locations in the region please visit hnhbscreenforlife.ca

Individuals with symptoms or a family history should contact their health-care provider regarding an appointment with a Breast Diagnostic Assessment Unit (DAU). Located at 22 sites across the region, DAUs provide access to screening, assessment, diagnosis and treatment for all breast abnormalities.

Ontario Cervical Screening Program
For women age 21-69
Every 3 years

Cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable with regular Pap tests, timely follow-up of abnormal results and HPV immunization. Pap tests are recommended for women if they are or have ever been sexually active. This test is the only way to detect early changes that might lead to cervical cancer. The Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OSCP) will send you a reminder/recall letter when you’re due for your Pap test. It can be done at your health-care provider’s office. If you don’t have a health-care provider, visit a walk-in or sexual health clinic.

ColonCancerCheck
For men and women age 50-74
Every 2 years

While colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Ontario, it’s highly treatable when caught early. The Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) is a safe and easy at-home test that screens for early signs. You’ll receive a reminder/recall letter in the mail from ColonCancerCheck when you’re due for your FOBT. Ask your health-care provider for a FOBT kit. People without a health-care provider can get a kit by contacting Telehealth Ontario, 1-866-828-9213.