Early Detection is Key: The ‘Time to Screen’ Tool

Last Thursday, Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews joined the message of what doctors, nurses, public health professionals, and cancer groups including C2CC have been saying about cancer control: “Early detection is key”. That’s how you stay healthy; it’s really that simple.

In recent months, The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care launched the ‘Time to Screen’ tool to make screening more accessible. This simple and quick online tool gives Ontarians an introduction to cancer screening without a doctor’s appointment.

The Time to Screen tool assesses your risk based on your age, gender and family history (this is actually the only personal information you’re prompted to divulge). From there, you are guided to specific information about the type(s) of cancer you may be at risk for, and what the screening techniques are for each.

Take 2 minutes and try the Time to Screen tool:

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/cancer/screening/. Of course, among the most important next steps you can take is to schedule a conversation with your doctor or nurse practitioner. For more information, visit the link above, and stay in touch with the Campaign to Control Cancer.