Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada, accounting for about 30% of all deaths.
In 2020, it was estimated that there were 225,800 new cases of cancer diagnosed in Canada, and 83,300 deaths due to cancer.
In Canada, there are screening programs for several types of cancer, including breast, cervical, colorectal, and lung cancer.
Screening programs in Canada are free of charge to eligible (based on age) individuals.
Most screening methods are non-invasive and safe.
The Public Health Agency of Canada provides a free online tool called "My CancerIQ" to help assess your risk and get personalized recommendations".
People with a family history of certain cancers may need to begin screening earlier or more frequently.
Cancer screening is only one aspect of a comprehensive approach to cancer prevention, which includes healthy lifestyle habits and avoiding known risk factors.
Interested in learning more?
Join Bilal, BFHT Nurse Practitioner, as part of our Burlington Public Library Series, on Tuesday, May 16th from 7:00-8:00pm on Zoom.