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Letters to the Public about Cancer Screening
 

Why send letters about getting screened for cancer?

We send personalized letters to invite eligible Ontarians to get screened for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer. We also send letters reminding Ontarians when it’s time to get screened again and informing them of their screening test results.

The letters encourage Ontarians to speak to their healthcare provider about their screening options and to follow-up on their screening test results, if necessary.

Our letters align with internationally accepted practices for organized screening programs. They also support healthcare providers in their efforts to increase screening rates and to follow up on their patients’ unsatisfactory and abnormal screening test results.

Types of screening letters

Screening program
Who receives letters
Types of letters (with some samples)
Ontario Breast Screening Program

See Breast Cancer Screening Letters to Women for more information
Eligible average risk women ages 50 to 74
Invitation to get screened with a mammogram through the OBSP
A plain-text version of this letter is also available.

Information about normal test results (for other result letters, see link in left column)
A plain-text version of this letter is also available.

Reminder when it is time to return for screening
A plain-text version of this letter is also available.
Ontario Cervical Screening Program

See Letters to Women about Cervical Screening for more information
Eligible women ages 21 to 69
Invitation to book a Pap test with their family doctor or nurse practitioner (eligible women ages 30 to 69 only)
A plain-text version of this letter is also available.

Information about normal test results (for other result letters, see link in left column)
A plain-text version of this letter is also available.

Reminder when it is time to return for screening
A plain-text version of this letter is also available.
ColonCancerCheck

See Letters About Colorectal Cancer Screening for more information
Eligible men and women ages 50 to 74
Invitation to talk to their healthcare provider about getting screened for colorectal cancer using a fecal occult blood test (FOBT) (or colonoscopy for those with a family history of colorectal cancer)
A plain-text version of this letter is also available.

Information about normal test results(for other result letters, see link in left column)
A plain-text version of this letter is also available.

Reminder when it is time to return for screening
A plain-text version of this letter is also available.

Want to know more?

For more information:

To stop receiving cancer screening letters from us or to change personal information:

  1. Download the Cancer Screening Program: Participant Information Form .
  2. Fill in the appropriate sections.
  3. Fax the completed form to 1-866-682-9534 or mail it to the address on page 2 of the form.
    Detailed instructions and contact information are provided on the form—for assistance, please call 1-866-662-9233.

For information about how we protect people’s privacy:

Last modified: Wed, Mar 29, 2017
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