Each screening program works differently. Here’s what to expect:
Alberta Breast Cancer Screening Program (ABCSP)
- If you’re a woman between the ages of 50 and 74, you are automatically included in the program.
- Once you turn 50, and if you haven’t had a screening mammogram already, you’ll be sent a letter letting you know that you’re at an age when screening is important and inviting you to get screened.
- For all women 40 years and older, once you’ve had a screening mammogram, the clinic will mail your results to you.
- You may receive overdue screening reminder letters, or mobile announcement letters.
Alberta Cervical Cancer Screening Program (ACCSP)
- If you’re a woman between the ages of 25 and 69, you are automatically included in the program.
- If you haven’t already had a Pap test, you’ll receive a letter inviting you to get screened.
- Once you have a Pap test, the program will mail your results to you.
- Although routine screening is not recommended for women under 25 or over 70
- You will get a reminder if you need further tests.
- You’ll also receive reminder letters if you’re overdue for your next Pap test.
Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program (ACRCSP)
- If you’re a person between the ages of 50 and 74, you’ll be automatically included in the program.
- As soon as you complete your first FIT home stool test, the program will send you a result letter.
- If you decide to do a FIT sooner than 1 year after your previous FIT, you will not receive a result letter.
To take part in any of the programs, simply start getting screened and stay up to date with any follow-up tests that may be needed. And make sure if there are any changes to your name, address, or marital status to contact the Alberta Healthcare Insurance Plan.