Cancer prevention and screening are important in our regional cancer program’s strategic priorities.
Cancer Care Ontario reports that approximately 50 per cent of cancers can be prevented or detected early before they become a health problem. 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.
My Cancer IQ is a free online tool that was developed by Cancer Care Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care that points out some things that you can do to reduce your risk of breast, cervical, colorectal, kidney, lung and skin cancer. Learn your cancer risk and get a personal action plan at MyCancerIQ.ca (opens in new window)
Screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers can help prevent and detect cancer early. Screening is completed for those who do not have any cancer symptoms. The purpose of cancer screening is to detect pre-cancerous changes or certain cancers at an early stage.
Ontario offers screening programs for three types of cancer: breast, cervical and colorectal.
- Find an Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) location in your community
How to make an appointment
Eligible women may call the OBSP screening location closest to them to make an appointment (a referral is not needed). Currently there are ten OBSP sites located in Waterloo Wellington region:
- Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Cambridge (519-749-4999)
- Medical Imaging Centre, Cambridge (519-740-3736)
- True North Imaging (Cambridge), Cambridge (519-623-9464)
- Groves Memorial Community Hospital, Fergus (519-843-2010 ext. 3403)
- Guelph General Hospital, Guelph (519-837-6440 ext. 2450)
- Guelph Medical Imaging, Guelph (519-767-0220 ext. 226)
- Grand River Hospital, Freeport campus, Kitchener (519-749-4262)
- St. Mary’s General Hospital, Kitchener (519-749-3311 ext. 6635)
- True North Imaging (Victoria), Kitchener (519-570-2198)
- True North Imaging (University), Waterloo (519-570-2198)
Watch CTV Kitchener’s cancer screening series (breast, colorectal and cervical) which aired December 1-3, 2015 (videos open in new window).
Talk to your primary care provider (family doctor and/or nurse practitioner) about whether screening is right for you.
If you, your workplace or community group have any questions or is interested in more information or education on cancer prevention and screening, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Screening resources for newcomers and immigrants
Settlement.org (opens in new window) provides newcomers with information that helps them settle in Ontario. Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) has partnered with Cancer Awareness: Ready for Education and Screening (CARES) and posted information on this site about cancer screening and prevention, which you can view by visiting here and clicking on "Checking for and Preventing Cancer."
Cancer screening video stories and facilitator guides
The video stories features short testimonials of women speaking in their own language about their fears and beliefs related to cancer screening. Four stories are available in Hindi, Mandarin and Bengali. Each story is accompanied by a customized facilitator guide that provides strategies for group educational discussions. To view the video stories, visit www.cancercare.on.ca/newcomers or CCO's YouTube Channel.
Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. It’s never too late to quit smoking because no matter how long you have been smoking, once you quit, some of the benefits of quitting start within hours.
There are many different ways to successfully quit smoking. To learn more about the different options to help you quit smoking, speak with your pharmacist, health care provider or contact Smokers’ Helpline (opens in new window). GRH's Health Care Centre Pharmacy also has resources to help you quit smoking.
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