Get Checked for Cancer
Update: Canada Post Service Disruption
The Canada Post labour disruption has ended, but there is a backlog of mail waiting for delivery. Delays may continue for the next few weeks.
See Canada Post Service Disruption for details on how this affects cancer screening correspondence.
Organized screening programs may find cancer earlier, leading to better health outcomes. Cancer screening detects pre-cancerous changes, or cancer at an early stage when there is a better chance of treating it successfully. Screening is for people who do not have any cancer symptoms.
Regular breast cancer screening can find cancer when it is small and there is a better chance of treating it successfully.
Cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable with regular screening, appropriate and timely follow-up of abnormal Pap test results and human papillomavirus (HPV) immunization.
When colorectal cancer is caught early enough through screening, someone with the disease has a 9 out of 10 chance of being cured.
If you have questions about prostate cancer, please see the early detection section on the prostate cancer page. We also recommend talking to your family doctor or nurse practitioner.