Cancer Screening Program for Residents Who Don’t Have a Primary Care Provider

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has partnered with The Champlain Regional Cancer Program to improve access to vital cancer screening through the Screening Outreach Program for residents of the Champlain region (including the EOHU region) who do not have a primary care provider (family physician or nurse practitioner).

Individuals who do have access to a primary care provider are encouraged to book cancer screenings through their primary care provider.

Why is cancer screening important?
Who is eligible for screening?
How do I book a screening?
Is there a cost for this service?
Where can I find more information about cancer screening?

Why is cancer screening important?

Cancer screening is essential in the early detection, prevention and treatment of cancer and pre-cancerous changes. It’s important for everyone to be screened as recommended by the age guidelines, not just individuals who are at higher risk. Early detection through regular screening can prevent cancer from developing or catch it at a stage when treatment is most effective.

The Champlain Regional Cancer Program, in collaboration with the EOHU, focuses on 4 key types of cancer: cervical, breast, colorectal, and lung cancer.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Cancer screening is intended for individuals who do not have symptoms. The goal of screening is to detect cancer early, before there are symptoms. Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek immediate medical attention through their primary care provider, a walk-in clinic, or an emergency room.

Who is eligible for screening?

Cancer screening is recommended for everyone who meets certain age guidelines:

  • Cervical Cancer: PAP tests are recommended every 3 years for women aged 25-69.
  • Breast Cancer: Mammograms are recommended for women aged 50-74. If you have a family history of breast cancer, you can consult with the program’s nurse practitioner to see if earlier screening is right for you.
  • Colorectal Cancer: Simple stool tests (FIT) are recommended every 2 years for individuals aged 50-74. Based on family history, some people may be eligible for a colonoscopy screening.
  • Lung Cancer: Screening is recommended for current or past smokers aged 55-74 who have smoked daily for at least 20 years throughout their lifetime.

Residents who live in the Champlain region (including the five Eastern Counties) and who don’t have a primary care provider can self-refer for screening through the Champlain Regional Cancer Program – Screening Outreach Program (see instructions below). Those who do have access to a primary care provider should book their cancer screening through their provider.

Please note that a valid OHIP card is required.

I don’t have a primary care provider. How do I book a screening?

The program offers a streamlined process for booking and assessment:

  1. Booking a consultation: Residents without a primary care provider can book an appointment online for an initial phone consultation with a nurse practitioner. If you need assistance to book online, call the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or 1-800-267-7120.
  2. Initial assessment: During the phone consultation, the nurse practitioner will conduct an initial assessment of your eligibility for cervical, breast, colorectal, or lung cancer screening.
  3. Screening and referrals: Following the consultation, eligible individuals will receive referrals for further screening and testing, including mammography, FIT tests, colonoscopy, and lung screening. If it’s determined that a cervical (PAP) test is needed, it can be booked at an EOHU clinic or other available locations.

Is there any cost for this service?

No. The phone consultation and all screenings are free.

Where can I find more information about cancer screening?

Get Checked for Cancer (Cancer Care Ontario)
What are the benefits and limitations of regular cancer screening? (Canadian Cancer Society)
My Cancer IQ (Ontario Health)