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Cancer Screening & Prevention

What is Cancer Screening?

Cancer screening is testing that looks for cancer. Screening helps doctors find cancer early when it is easier to treat or cure. Cancer screening should be done when you are healthy and have no symptoms.


Why is Cancer Screening Important?

  • There are often no early warning symptoms of cancer.
  • Most people who develop cancer have no family history of the disease.
  • Cancer is the most common cause of death in Durham Region.
  • 40-45% of men and women in Canada will develop cancer during their lifetime.
  • Your risk of developing cancer increases with age. The greatest risk is for those 50 years and over.

What is Cancer Care Ontario?

Cancer Care Ontario offers free screening programs for colon, breast and cervical cancer. These screening programs offer safe and reliable tests that can find cancer early.

  • Finding cancer early through regular screening can help save your life.

Cancer Screening Guidelines

These are the recommended cancer screening guidelines from Cancer Care Ontario.

Colon Cancer Screening

Breast Cancer Screening

Cervical Cancer Screening

Talk to your health care provider about these tests and your family history.
You may need to be screened earlier or tested more often.

Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

Almost 50% of all cancers can be prevented. Take these steps to reduce your risk:

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Talk to:

For more information call Durham Health Connection Line
905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729