Cancer Screening

In South Georgian Bay

Cervical Cancer Screening


Cervical Cancer Screening Clinics – October 2023

Select Dates, Limited Appointments

In response to high demand, the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team (SGB OHT) is offering additional dates in October for Pap-a-Palooza, Cervical Cancer Screening Clinic in Collingwood.

The 3-day clinic is for residents in South Georgian Bay aged 25-70 who need cervical cancer screening (Pap tests) and do not have access to a local doctor or nurse practitioner.

Pap-a-Palooza, Cervical Cancer Screening Clinics are being held by appointment only from 8:30 am to 4 pm on:

  • Tuesday, October 3, 2023
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2023
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Appointments for the clinic are available by booking online through the link below or by dialing 2-1-1 (24/7 bilingual helpline) for assistance with booking an online appointment.  Additional clinics may be added at future dates based on demand.

Cervical cancer is almost 100% preventable with Pap tests and proper follow up, however, many women in our growing community don’t have a primary care provider to do this simple test. We are lucky to have this initiative for women in our local community to ensure they keep their Pap Screening up to date.  I’m excited to be a part of the Pap-a-Palooza team.  It’s a fast and simple test and we are here for you.

Dr. Gillian Brakel

Family Physician, Wasaga Beach

Breast Cancer Screening FAQ

What are the benefits of being screened for breast cancer?
  • Getting screened regularly with mammography is important because it can find cancer early when it is less likely to have spread to other parts of the body. Treatment may also have a better chance of working when breast cancer is found early.
  • When breast cancer is found early, most people will survive for at least 5 years. However, if breast cancer is found later, only 3 out of 10 people will survive for at least 5 years.

What kind of follow up can I expect after my breast cancer screening?

Normal screening result

  • The Ontario Breast Screening Program directly notifies participants (with or without a primary care provider) of their normal results by mail. The letter will also tell participants when to get screened again.
  • The screening site also sends normal screening results to a screening participant’s primary care provider.

Abnormal screening result

  • Most people with abnormal mammograms do not have breast cancer. More tests are needed after an abnormal mammogram to determine whether a person has cancer.
  • Additional testing may include more mammography, breast ultrasound, breast magnetic resonance imaging and/or biopsies.
  • After a participant has an abnormal screening result, their screening site will notify their primary care provider and may help to schedule a timely follow-up appointment.
  • A participant with an abnormal mammogram who does not have a primary care provider will be assigned to a doctor or nurse practitioner by their screening site to follow them to diagnosis. If the participant does have breast cancer, they will be referred to a specialist for further care and management.
How do I book a breast cancer screening?

Colorectal Cancer Screening FAQ

What are the benefits of being screened for colorectal cancer?

Colorectal cancer screening increases the chance of finding cancer early when it is more likely to be cured. When colorectal cancer is caught early, 9 out of 10 people can be cured. If you have colorectal cancer and do not get screened, you may miss the chance for early and more effective treatment.

What types of screening are available for colorectal cancer?

Fecal Immunochemical Test

  • A fecal immunochemical test (the recommended colorectal cancer screening test for most people, also called FIT) is a safe and painless at-home cancer screening test. FIT checks someone’s stool (poop) for tiny amounts of blood, which could be caused by colorectal cancer or some pre-cancerous polyps (abnormal growths in the colon or rectum that can turn into cancer over time).

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy is a colorectal cancer screening test. During the test, a doctor uses a small, flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end to look inside the rectum and sigmoid colon (lower part of the colon). They can also take biopsies (tissue samples) or remove polyps (abnormal growths that form on the lining of the colon or rectum). You do not need sedation (medication that helps you relax or sleep) or need to change your diet for a flexible sigmoidoscopy.


  • A colonoscopy is a test that allows a doctor to look at the entire colon using a long, flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end. During a colonoscopy, the doctor can also take biopsies (samples of tissue) or remove polyps that can become cancer over time (called pre-cancerous polyps).
How do I book a colorectal cancer screening?

Fecal Immunochemical Test

  • The fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is an at-home screening test. To get your free FIT, talk with your family doctor or nurse practitioner. If you do not have a family doctor or nurse practitioner, you can get a FIT by calling Health811 at 811 (TTY: 1.866.797.0007). People in the North West region or the Hamilton area may be able to get a FIT through one of our mobile screening coaches. If you live on a First Nation community, contact your health centre or nursing station for more information.
  • Once a FIT has been ordered for you, LifeLabs will mail a FIT package to your Ontario mailing address of choice. For more information on how to do your FIT, see the FIT Instructions page.
  • If you have any problems with your FIT package, call LifeLabs at 1-833-676-1426.

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

  • A flexible sigmoidoscopy is a test done by a specialist (called an “endoscopist”) at a hospital or clinic. Your doctor or nurse practitioner can send you to an endoscopist for flexible sigmoidoscopy.  


  • A colonoscopy is a test done by a specialist at a hospital or clinic. Your family doctor or nurse practitioner will send you for the test. If you think you may be at increased risk of getting colorectal cancer, be sure to speak with your family doctor or nurse practitioner. If you do not have a family doctor or nurse practitioner, call Health811 at 811 (TTY: 1.866.797.0007).
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