Algoma Public Health
- Cancer Prevention and Screening
Cancer Prevention and Screening
The incidence of cancer can be reduced through healthy lifestyle choices and understanding possible exposures in homes, workplaces and the environment that may increase the risk of developing cancer. Learn more about cancer, learn how to reduce risk, and take part in cancer screening programs. Being self-aware is also important when it comes to early detection of cancer. Report changes to a health care provider right away.
Overall, the residents of the Algoma District face a slightly greater risk of cancer, especially lung cancer. This rate can be reduced. To learn more, please read Algoma Cancer Report 2015.
Reduce Your Risk
Together with regular cancer screening, taking these steps can help reduce your risk of developing cancer:
- Be a non-smoker and avoid second-hand smoke.
- Follow the Low Risk Drinking Guidelines.
- For healthy eating tips, refer to Canada's Food Guide.
- Breastfeed your baby.
- Get moving Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.
- Practice safer sex.
- Protect yourself from the sun and avoid exposure to artificial tanning equipment.
- Participate in regular cancer screening. Ask your health care provider about age-appropriate cancer screening. Further information can be found on Screen for Life, or call 1-866-662-9233.
- Talk to your health care provider about immunization. Get vaccinated.
- Test buildings and homes for radon gas.
- Men are encouraged to ask their health care provider about prostate cancer screening.
- Screening in LGBTQ communities
Date of Creation: June 1, 2015
Last Modified: January 2019