Prevention & Screening
Research shows that approximately 50% of cancers can be prevented or detected early before becoming a serious health threat.
Your actions make a difference in your health and there are many steps you can take to help prevent cancer. These include:
- not smoking
- eating a healthy diet
- exercising often
- reducing alcohol consumption
- getting the HPV vaccine
- practicing sun safety
- reducing exposure to chemicals, and more.
For further information, visit the Canadian Cancer Society.
Screening can either find cancer before symptoms are noticed or abnormal growths before they become cancerous. There are more treatment options and a better chance of survival with early detection and routine screening. For this reason, Cancer Care Ontario has three organized screening programs:
- The Ontario Breast Screening Program
- Ontario Cervical Screening Program
These programs ensure patients receive timely reminders for their next screening visit, result letters, and if needed, fast follow-up. Learn about the recommended screening guidelines to see what screening you, your family, and friends should be getting.
This webpage is for informational purposes only.
Please consult with a health professional and www.ontario.ca/screenforlife
about the right screening options for you. Information is subject to change.
Last updated October 2013.