Why preventive screening is important

Have you booked your preventive cancer screening appointment?

Early cancer screening is a priority for the Dufferin/Caledon community because it provides the best chance to treat cancer successfully.

Find out if you are eligible and book your appointment today.

Ontario residents (women, Two-Spirit, trans and nonbinary people ages 50 to 74), may be eligible for mammograms every 1-2 years based on medical and family history at an Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) site. Persons with implants can also get screened.

Beginning in Fall 2024 the Ontario government is connecting significantly more people to breast cancer screening by lowering the eligibility age of self-referral from 50 to 40 for publicly funded mammograms through the Ontario Breast Screening Program.

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Currently, the recommendation is that anyone with a cervix (women, transmasculine and nonbinary people) 25 and older who is or has ever been sexually active, should be screened regularly for cervical cancer. Based on the latest clinical evidence, most people should be screened every 3 years. Regular screening can stop at the age of 70 if a person has had three or more normal tests in the previous 10 years.

People ages 50 to 74, especially men, are recommended to get screened with the fecal immunochemical test (FIT Test) every 2 years.

In Dufferin/Caledon, men have lower rates of up-to-date screening when compared to women.


Tips to encourage others to get screened

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