Three easy tests that could save your life

The Hamilton Spectator - - YOUNG AT HEART -

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.

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