Preventative Care

Preventative care tests are available to individuals over the age of 50 years of age. The following tests are recommended for early detection and treatment of disease.


Mammogram is a type of x- ray used to look for changes in breast tissue. It is used to detect breast cancer in women who don’t have any breast symptoms or issues. Mammograms are recommended for women age 50-74 generally every 2 years.

PAP Smear

PAP Smear is recommended for sexually active females between 21 and 69 years of age, generally every 3 years. PAP tests administered less than 3 years may not be covered by OHIP.

Colon Cancer Screening

Colon Cancer Screening is available for individuals between 50 and 74 years of age. A FIT can be done every 2 years OR a direct scope every 10 years. The FIT is a kit composed of a simple test that can be administer at home and either mailed or dropped off to your local lab. Individuals at higher risk of colon cancer due to a family history are recommended to get a colonoscopy every 5 years.

Flu Shot

The influenza vaccines are given to protect against the flu. It is usually given once a year during flu season. The target population includes individuals 65 years of age and older and/ or those at high- risk of influenza. OHIP covers the flu shot for everyone age 6 months or older.