Algoma Public Health
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, many Algoma residents get screened if they are eligible, but Algoma screening rates are in fact lower then Ontario's. This can change with greater awareness of what screening options are available. To learn more, please read Algoma's Community Health Profile 2018.
Reduce Your Risk
Together with regular cancer screening, taking these steps can help reduce your risk of developing cancer:
- Quit smoking and stop using tobacco products (e.g. cigarettes, chewing tobacco)
- 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.
- 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: June 2019