The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Reduce your cancer risk this month by participating in routine screening

WHITBY, ON April 01, 2015

April is Cancer Awareness Month and Durham Region Health Department is encouraging men and women to participate in routine cancer screening as part of a healthy lifestyle.

“Routine cancer screening is done when a person is healthy and has no symptoms,” said Cathie Snider, a public health nurse with the Health Department. “It’s important for residents to participate in cancer screening as it can help detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat or cure.”

Routine cancer screening for breast, cervical and colon cancer is free through Cancer Care Ontario’s provincially-funded cancer screening programs. Routine cancer screening includes: a mammogram every two years for women 50 to 74-years old, a Pap test for women 21 to 69-years old who are or have ever been sexually active, and a fecal occult blood test (FOBT) every two years for men and women 50 to 74-years.

“The risk of developing cancer increases with age; therefore, it’s necessary to take measures now to improve your health to help reduce your risk,” explained Ms. Snider.

Cancer Care Ontario recently launched MyCancerIQ, an innovative online cancer risk assessment tool that determines a person’s risk of developing breast, cervical, colorectal and lung cancer. My CancerIQ is specifically designed for Ontarians and builds a tailored cancer risk profile to highlight a person’s cancer risk relative to other Ontarians their age and sex. It also provides a personalized health action plan so the individual can immediately take action to reduce their cancer risk. My CancerIQ is available online at

Durham residents are encouraged to speak with their healthcare provider to learn more about routine cancer screening and their cancer risk. For more information, please call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.

Media inquiries:

The Regional Municipality of Durham:

Glendene Collins – Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999

If this information is required in an accessible format, please contact the Accessibility Co-ordinator at 1-800-372-1102 extension 2009.

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For more information, please contact Health Department.