Cancer prevention and screening are critical components in our regional cancer program’s strategic priorities.
Cancer Care Ontario reports that approximately 50 per cent of cancers are preventable. What you eat, whether you smoke, your level of physical activity and how you spend your time in the sun are all lifestyle choices that can affect your chances of getting cancer and your chances of preventing it.
The Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Network of Waterloo Wellington promotes healthy behaviours, environments and encourages residents to become aware of their risks for developing cancer.
Screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers saves lives. Screening is completed for those who do not have any cancer symptoms. The purpose of cancer screening is to detect pre-cancerous changes, or cancer at an early stage.
Ontario offers screening programs for three types of cancer: breast, cervical and colorectal.