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Cancer Screening During COVID-19

Cancer Screening Tests Starting Again

Healthcare providers are gradually starting routine cancer screening tests again. These tests include breast screening and cervical screening tests.

Routine colon cancer screening is also resuming. However, for a short time, LifeLabs is only mailing fecal immunochemical test (FIT) kits for requests they have already received.

These screening tests are starting up slowly to keep you and the healthcare staff safe, and to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The gradual reintroduction of routine cancer screening is consistent with the Ministry of Health’s directions to gradually start offering services that have been delayed because of COVID-19.

If you are due or overdue for your breast or cervical screening test, please contact your family doctor, nurse practitioner or Ontario Breast Screening Program site for more information.

Questions?

For information about COVID-19, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Health.

Cancer Screening Tests Resuming

Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario) recommends gradually resuming routine breast and cervical screening tests, consistent with the Ministry of Health’s direction allowing for a gradual restart of deferred services. Tip sheets have been developed for healthcare providers to guide the reopening of these services, please email screenforlife@cancercare.on.ca if you would like a copy.

For ColonCancerCheck, LifeLabs temporarily stopped mailing FIT kits to patients as of March 23, 2020. Please hold off on sending requisitions for FIT until further notice so LifeLabs can first process the requisitions that have been on hold since March. We will provide more guidance about when to restart sending new requisitions for FIT kits.

Questions?

  • Call Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario) toll-free at 1-866-662-9233
    Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Send us an email at screenforlife@cancercare.on.ca.