Bridgepoint Health

Preventive Care

Contact Us

Cancer Screening

Cervical - Read More

  • Screening for cervical cancer is done by a pap test. To do a pap test, you will be asked to lie on your back on an examining table. An instrument, called a speculum, is gently inserted into your vagina so your doctor or nurse can more clearly see your cervix. Cells are taken from the cervix and are sent to a laboratory to be examined under a microscope.
  • The new Ontario guidelines for pap testing are every 3 years for those who are sexually active, aged 21-69 years and who have had previously normal pap results. Your healthcare provider may suggest that you come in more often if you have had an abnormal pap in the past.
  • If you are due for a pap test please call and book with your healthcare provider.
  • For more information ask your healthcare provider or visit Cancer Care Ontario.

Breast

  • The Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) is a program of Cancer Care Ontario. The OBSP provides high-quality breast cancer screening for women aged 50 to 74 years or aged 30 to 69 years who have been confirmed to be at high risk for breast cancer.
  • Screening for breast cancer is done by mammogram every 2 years. A mammogram is a low dose X-ray of the breast. The X-ray can find changes in the breast, even when the changes are too small for you or your healthcare provider to see or feel. For most women, the mammogram results will be normal. Ask your primary care provider when breast cancer screening is right for you.
  • For more information ask your healthcare provider or visit Cancer Care Ontario.

Colon - Read More

  • Colon Cancer Check recommends that all Ontarians aged 50 and over be screened for colorectal cancer. For those at average risk for colorectal cancer, a simple at home test - the Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) - once every 2 years is recommended. The FOBT is a simple stool test that can be done in the privacy of your own home.
  • For those at increased risk because of a family history of one or more first-degree relatives (parent, sibling or child) with a diagnosis of colorectal cancer, colonoscopy is advised.
  • For more information ask your healthcare provider or visit Cancer Care Ontario.

Vaccinations

  • Childhood vaccinations are an important part of your child's well baby visit.
  • Vaccinations help the body recognize and fight infections by introducing them in a safe way that does not cause the person to become sick.
  • Once the body has seen a specific infection it can remember how to fight it for a long time.
  • Fussiness, tiredness, low fever and some redness and swelling at the site of injection are normal reactions to vaccinations.

For more information on vaccinations, visit Toronto Public Health online, or read Your Child's Best Shot: A Parent's Guide to Vaccination,  Ronald Gold, MD, MPH.