Letters to the Public About Cancer Screening
Cancer screening is testing done on people who may be at risk of getting cancer, but who have no symptoms and generally feel fine. Cancer screening tests are not meant to diagnose cancer. Instead, they help figure out which people are more likely to have cancer or get cancer in the future. Cancer Care Ontario runs province-wide organized screening programs for 3 types of cancer: breast, cervical and colorectal (commonly called “colon cancer” or “bowel cancer”).
Cancer Care Ontario sends letters to people to:
- invite them to participate in screening
- remind them when it is time for their next screening test
- tell them their screening test results
- tell them what to do if they have an abnormal test result
Once you qualify for screening, you will automatically get a letter inviting you to get screened. You will also get something called a “privacy notice.” The privacy notice tells you about Cancer Care Ontario’s cancer screening programs and how your personal information is protected. You can change your mind about getting letters at any time.