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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.
Through the collective efforts of Albertans, we are helping to slow the spread of COVID-19. This has given AHS confidence to begin resuming cancer screening appointments.
"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.