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Screening tests help find some types of cancer before you have any symptoms. That means you have them even if you feel fine and you have a healthy lifestyle. They’re part of your regular medical care.
If you’re part of a certain age group or population in Canada, you can go for regular screening tests that can help find breast, cervical and colorectal cancer at such an early stage that you won’t have noticed that anything is wrong. Some screening tests can even help prevent cancer by finding changes in your body that would become cancer if they were left untreated.
Talk to your doctor to learn more about your risk of cancer and what screening tests you should have. Be sure to mention any family history of cancer. A family history of certain cancers may mean your risk is higher than normal. Your doctor may suggest testing at an earlier age or using a different test than recommended by the provincial guidelines.