Call to book an appointment for a mammogram for breast cancer screening with the Ontario Breast Screening Program. Mammograms are free.
Get ready for your appointment. Wear a shirt to your appointment that is easy to remove. Do not wear deodorant or powder.
At your appointment, the mammogram is done to check for breast cancer. Your breasts are pressed flat to take the x-rays.
You and your doctor will get a letter with results two or three weeks after your appointment.
The screening test for cervical cancer is a Pap test. A Pap test checks the cervix for cell changes that can turn into cancer. The cervix is the lower narrow opening of the uterus that joins with the vagina.
Pap tests can find changes in the cervix before cancer develops. Having regular Pap tests, early treatment and HPV immunization can prevent most cancers of the cervix.
Who should be screened for cervical cancer
Most women need a Pap test starting at age 21 and then every 3 years.
Women who are 70 or older should talk to their doctor about whether they can stop having Pap tests.
Book an appointment for a Pap test with your doctor. A Pap test is usually done as part of your check-up.
If you do not have a doctor, call one of the clinics listed above. Call first to ask if the clinic has a female doctor if that is a concern for you.
Bring your health card to your appointment.
A Pap test is done by lying down on an exam table. The doctor wipes cells from the cervix to send to a lab for testing. The Pap test only takes a few minutes.
You and your doctor will get a letter with the test results. Your doctor will call you for more tests if needed.
The FIT (fecal immunochemical test) is the new cancer screening test for colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. The colon is where food digests and passes out of the body. Colorectal cancer screening increases the chance of finding cancer early when it is easier to treat. When colorectal cancer is caught early, 9 out of 10 people can be cured.
Who should have the FIT?
A person with no symptoms and at average risk for colon cancer. Average risk means that the person is 50-74 years old with no first-degree relative (parent, brother, sister or child) who has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
If you have a family history of colorectal cancer that includes 1 or more first-degree relatives (parent, brother, sister or child) who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, talk to your doctor to find the colorectal cancer screening test that is right for you.
Where do you get the FIT?
Ask your Health Care Provider. Then your Health Care Provider will request LifeLabs to mail a FIT kit to you.
If you do not have a Health Care Provider, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-828-9213.