Ontario Cancer Screening Eligibility
Ontario Cervical Screening Program
• Currently, the Ontario Cervical Screening Program recommends that women who are or have been sexually active have a Pap test every 3 years starting at age 21. But we are in the process of updating this recommendation. If you are under 25, talk to your family doctor or nurse practitioner about whether you should wait until age 25 before starting cervical screening with the Pap test.
• People ages 50 to 74 should get checked for colon cancer, even if no one in their family has had the disease. To check for colon cancer you can get the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) which is a free, at-home test for eligible Ontarians.
Ontario Breast Screening Program
• If you are age 50 to 74, the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) recommends that most people in your age group get checked every 2 years with a mammogram.
• If you are age 30 to 69 and meet the eligibility criteria for the High Risk OBSP, the program recommends that you get checked once a year with both a mammogram and breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (or screening breast ultrasound if MRI is not medically appropriate)
• If you are 30 to 69 years old and think you may be at high risk of getting breast cancer based on your personal or family history, you should speak with your family doctor.