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Getting screened for cancer regularly is the best way to find it early, before you have any symptoms and when treatment is likely to work best. Alberta currently has provincial screening programs for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer.
To slow down the spread of COVID-19, please consider delaying all elective cancer screening activities as of the week of March 16, 2020. Please contact your healthcare provider with concerns.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, AHS Screening Programs is currently only sending letters with abnormal Pap and FIT testing results, as of March 16, 2020.
"Screening mammograms was one of the most important things I've done"
Regular screening mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when treatment may work better.
Up to 90% of cervical cancer can be prevented when women have regular Pap tests and follow-up on any abnormal results.
Regular screening with FIT or colonoscopy can prevent and detect colorectal cancer at its early stages when treatment is more effective.
While Alberta doesn't have other provincial cancer screening programs, screening for other cancers may be beneficial on an individual level.