The Screen for Life Coach is coming to Marathon soon! If you are due for breast, colon or cervical screening, please call (807) 684-7777 to book your appointment.
- The coach will not be visiting in September
- If you are due for cancer screening in September you can book for June
- The coach will not be visiting Biigtigong or Netmizaaggamig this year so book while the coach is in Marathon
What is the Screen for Life Coach?
Not all types of screening tests are available in our communities; therefore, traveling to larger cities is sometimes required in order to receive these services. The Screen for Life Coach is a mobile cancer screening service that aims to help make cancer screening services more accessible and convenient by traveling to communities across Northwestern Ontario by offering breast, cervical and colorectal screening in one convenient location.
Types of Cancer Screening & Eligibility Criteria
Cancer screening is testing done on people who may be at risk of getting cancer, but who have no symptoms and generally feel fine. Screening can find cancer at an early stage when there is a better chance of treating it successfully.
Breast Cancer Screening: If you are between the ages of 50 to 74, it is recommended that most people in your age group get screened with mammography every 2 years. Mammography is a test that uses low-dose X-rays to make images of the breasts. This is the most reliable method of finding breast cancer.
Cervical Cancer Screening: It is recommended that anyone with a cervix (women, transmasculine and non-binary people) who is or ever has been sexually active have a Pap test every 3 years starting at age 21. Regular screening can stop at the age of 70 if a person has had 3 or more normal tests in the previous 10 years. A Pap test looks for cell changes in the cervix that may lead to cancer.
Colorectal Cancer Screening: It is recommended that people between the ages of 50 to 74 complete a FIT (Fecal Immunochemical Test) every 2 years. FITs check your stool (poop) for tiny amounts of blood, which could be caused by colorectal cancer or some pre-cancerous polyps (abnormal growths in the colon or rectum that can turn into cancer over time).
If you are eligible for breast, cervical or colorectal cancer screening, consider making an appointment – it could save your life!