About Us

Prevention and Screening Services has a primary mandate to minimize the risk and prevalence of cancer and other chronic diseases in Northwestern Ontario.

Our service is composed of 4 key areas:

Prevention
Our prevention initiatives focus on health promotion including education and outreach to decrease chronic disease risk factors and promote healthy living. • Approximately 25% of our region’s population smoke. Leading our Hospital’s Smoke-Free Together strategy is one effort to help promote a smoke-free environment. • Nearly 3,000 people visit our Hospital’s Fresh Market, an onsite farmers’ market that increases access to fresh, local produce for staff, patients, and families.
  • Approximately 25% of our region’s population smoke. Leading our Hospital’s Smoke-Free Together strategy is one effort to help promote a smoke-free environment.
  • Nearly 3,000 people visit our Hospital’s Fresh Market, an onsite farmers’ market that increases access to fresh, local produce for staff, patients, and families.
Screening
Cancer screening saves lives. Our service actively promotes and educates the public about Ontario’s three organized cancer screening programs for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening. We also support primary care providers to help them to increase cancer screening uptake.
  • Each year, 11,000 women in Northwestern Ontario complete a mammogram to screen for breast cancer.
  • The Screen for Life Coach travels across Northwestern Ontario to increase access to cancer screening services, completing approximately 5,000 mammograms, 600 Pap tests, and provides 700 colorectal cancer screening kits.
Diagnostic Assessment Program
This program helps to guide patients through their diagnostic journey, from suspicion of colorectal, lung, breast and cervical cancer to definitive diagnosis. The program has three patient navigators who help to coordinate diagnostic testing and provide a single touch point for patients and their families.
  • Each year, breast patient navigators help 1,800 women who are at high risk for developing breast cancer or who have an abnormal mammogram result.
  • 180 patients with suspicion of lung cancer and 450 patients at risk of colorectal cancer are helped by the Diagnostic Assessment Program.
Genetics Program
Genetic counselling is a health care service that provides information to families and individuals who are affected by or at-risk for inherited and/or genetic conditions.
  • The Genetics Program receives approximately 600 patient referrals each year.
  • Genetic counselling is available during regular office hours, and five clinics are provided with geneticists throughout the year.