Three easy tests that could save your life
We know that healthy eating and regular exercise are vital to good health. But did you also know that regular cancer screening is recommended as an important part of a healthy lifestyle? The Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Regional Cancer Program encourages the following:
Colorectal Cancer Screening For men and women, ages 50 – 74; Every two years
While colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Ontario, it’s highly treatable when caught early. The Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) is a safe and easy athome test that screens for early signs. Ask your health-care provider for a FOBT kit. People without a health-care provider can get a kit by contacting Telehealth Ontario, 1-866-828-9213.
Breast Cancer Screening For women, ages 50 – 74; Every two years
Mammography can find cancer when it’s small so there’s less chance of it spreading.The Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) offers free, high-quality screening to women ages 50 to 74 with no symptoms or family history of the disease. Women can book their own appointment, or book through their health-care provider. For a complete list of local OBSP locations please visit hnhbscreenforlife.ca
Cervical Cancer Screening For women, ages 21 to 69; Every three years
Cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable with regular screening, timely follow-up of abnormal results and HPV immunization. Pap tests are recommended for women if they are or have ever been sexually active. This test is the only way to detect early changes that might lead to cervical cancer. It can be done at your health-care provider’s office. If you don’t have a health-care provider, visit a walk-in or sexual health clinic.
The Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Regional Cancer Program oversees the delivery and quality of cancer services for Brant, Burlington, Haldimand, Hamilton, Niagara and most of Norfolk.