Presentations, Events & Programs
Our Prevention and Screening Team for the Central Regional Cancer Program runs campaigns, delivers presentations and engages in community events throughout the year. These initiatives promote the steps we can all take to help prevent cancer and encourage people to catch it early through screening.
Our team presents free education seminars or workshops to community organizations, such as local clubs, workplaces, family health centres and seniors groups, on how to help prevent cancer and get screened. We also provide quality improvement support related to cancer prevention and screening.
To learn more about our services or book a presentation for your organization, please contact our team at 905-895-4521, ext. 6065 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We have developed a number of creative programs, such as Mammothon, Battle of the Brackets and #PapNinja, that invite people of a specific gender or age group to be tested (screened). The goal of these programs is to show people the benefits of screening and encourage them to make cancer prevention and screening part of their regular health routine.
Colon Cancer Awareness Month
Every March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. During this month, we highlight the need and encourage people across the region to get checked for colon, bowel or colorectal cancer with a safe and painless take-home test. It’s important to note:
- Colon cancer (commonly called ‘colorectal cancer’ or ‘bowel cancer’) is the second leading cause of cancer death among men in Ontario. However, when caught early, nine out of ten people can be cured.
- We recommend that men and women, who are at average risk and between the ages of 50 and 74, take a fecal occult blood test (FOBT) to get checked every two years. This test is safe, painless and can be done at home.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Every October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During this month, we highlight the need and encourage women, aged 50 to 74, to talk with their healthcare providers about getting a regular mammogram to screen for breast cancer. It’s important to note:
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Ontario women. It is estimated that about 10,100 Ontario women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and about 1,900 Ontario women will die from this disease every year.
- One death is prevented for every 721 women, between the ages of 50 and 69, who get screened regularly with mammograms during about an 11 year period.
- In Ontario, more than two million women, ages 50 to 74, are eligible for screening through the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP).
Cervical Cancer Awareness Week
Every year, the third week of October is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week. During this week, we work with the Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC), Cancer Care Ontario and other partners to encourage women, aged 21 to 69, who have ever been sexually active to get their cervical cancer screening. It’s important to note:
- Cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable with regular screening, appropriate and timely follow-up of abnormal results, as well as getting the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine.
- Almost half a million women in Ontario, between the ages of 35 and 49, are overdue for cervical cancer screening.
- Most cervical cancers are diagnosed in women, who have never been screened or have not been regularly screened.
- Screening is the only way to detect the changes that lead to cervical cancer.
Connect with Us
To keep up with our prevention and screening program initiatives, please follow us (@Screen4Cancer) on:
If you have questions or need more information, contact us at ICSregional@southlakeregional.org