Cancer Screening

Cancer Screening

There are three organized cancer screening programs in Ontario:

Breast (Ontario Breast Screen Program)

Women aged 50 to 74 years should have a mammogram every 2 years.

Cervical (Ontario Cervical Screening Program)

Anyone with a cervix aged 25* to 69 years, who have ever been sexually active should have a Pap test every 3 years.

*If you are under 25, talk with your health care provider.

Colon (Colon Cancer Check)

Anyone aged 50 to 74 years and who has no family history of colon cancer should complete an at-home, fecal immunochemical test (FIT) kit every 2 years.

Cancer screening is testing done on people who have no symptoms and generally feel fine, but are at risk of getting cancer. Regular screening is important because it can find some cancers or pre-cancers early when treatment has a better chance of working.

Talk to your health care provider about your screening options.