Healthy communities support cancer screening efforts by making screening programs accessible to the population, and providing community raising awareness and education to increase cancer screening and detect cancers at earlier stages.
Found early, cancer is easier to treat. Regular breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening increases the chances of early detection and treatment - and in some case prevention - in people with no symptoms. For example, 9 in 10 cases of cervical cancer can be prevented with regular Pap tests and follow-up if there are abnormal results. Increasing or providing preventive screening in community settings can increase screening rates, creating an environment beneficial to population health and wellbeing.
Explore programs, organization, tools and resources to support cancer screening
Screening For Life
Working together with healthcare providers, goals of Screening Programs are to strengthen cancer screening across the province
Alberta Prevents Cancer
Interactive website to find out more about Alberta cancer prevention data, preventable cancers, and how to reduce your risk
Canadian Cancer Society
Cancer information, supports and services, prevention and screening; news and events
Interactive Cancer Prevention Tool
A number of cancer prevention & risk reduction resources, plus an interactive evidence-based tool (It's My Life!)
A Call to Action for Cancer Prevention
Proposal for Discussion
The Road To Better Health (CDC)
A Guide to Promoting Cancer Prevention in Your Community
Promotes screening for colon, breast, cervical and other cancers
Connecting Canadians to quality cancer resources, includes First Nations, Inuit and Metis
Build a Healthy Community
Learn about the approach to make your community a healthier place
See what other communities across Alberta have done to promote healthy living
Find tools, resources and learning opportunities to help strengthen your community.