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Screening for Other Cancers
 

Lung Cancer

In Ontario, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women. Lung cancer survival is poor largely because the disease is usually found late,, when there are fewer treatment options. Recent studies have shown that screening people at high risk of developing lung cancer can significantly reduce lung cancer deaths by finding the disease early, when it is more treatable.

We will be piloting high risk lung cancer screening. This pilot will assess the feasibility of screening people at high risk for lung cancer using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT). LDCT is an imaging procedure that uses special X-ray equipment to create detailed pictures, or scans, of areas inside the body. Smoking cessation services will also be a key part of the pilot.

Results from the pilot evaluation will be used to inform the potential development of a provincial lung cancer screening program.

Check back in early 2017 for updates on who is eligible for the pilot and how eligible Ontarians can get screened.

Prostate Cancer

Given the potential harms of screening, including over-diagnosis and over-treatment, Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) does not support an organized, population-based screening program for prostate cancer. Men who are concerned about their risk of prostate cancer should talk to their primary care provider. CCO will continue to monitor emerging evidence on prostate cancer screening.

Prostate Screening Position Statement and Supporting Documents

Last modified: Wed, Aug 31, 2016
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