Life is busy and you can forget to make an appointment with your primary care doctor for screening tests.
That’s why Alberta Health Services may send you a reminder.
Based on your age and if you’ve been previously screened, you could get a letter reminding you to have
a screen test for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer. You could also get a letter if any screening test is
After these cancer-screening tests, you’ll receive a followup letter with your results.
All information is secure, private and confidential. The only information given to AHS by Alberta Health is
your name, address, age and whether you’ve been screened for certain cancers.
A letter worth reading
For more information, contact Alberta
Health Services Screening Programs at
1-866-727-3926 or visit screeningforlife.ca.
Vision M/F 6 months+ Every 1 to 2 years Exam to identify, reduce and correct vision difficulties
to 18 years Annual optometrist exams are free in Alberta for children under 18 and
M/F 18+ Varies by age, Discuss with your optometrist or primary care doctor
vision and health
Dental M/F 6 months+ Every 1 to 2 years To prevent and detect cavities and other oral and general health diseases
Use of fluoridated toothpaste for those 3+ years
Chlamydia F 15 to 30 As often as every year Recommended if sexually active with more than one partner; can cause
if sexually active infections in men and women
Urine test to detect
Blood pressure M/F 30+ Every 5 years Identify conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease
More for high risk
Cholesterol & lipids M 40+/F 50+ Every 5 years Assess risk of heart attack using Framingham calculator
Abdominal aortic aneurysm M 65+ who have Once Discuss with your doctor to understand your risk of a ruptured aorta
been heavy smokers
Cervical F 25 to 70 Every 3 years After several years of sexual activity, a Pap test is used to detect cervical cancer
Breast F 40+ if high risk Every 2 to 3 years Discuss with family doctor to understand your risk of breast cancer
F 50+ if low risk
Colorectal M/F 40+ if high risk Every 2 years Fecal immunochemical test (FIT) to detect colon cancer;
50+ if low risk discuss with family doctor to understand your risk
Learn more about screening and preventive care at: Alberta Screening for Life ( screeningforlife.ca) and the
Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care at ( canadiantaskforce.ca).
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