Healthy Lifestyle

Cancer Prevention and Screening

Get healthier… One step at a time. Get screened for cancer

Healthy lifestyle choices can prevent or decrease your risk of cancer. Cancer screening also plays a role in preventing some cancers by finding cell changes before they become cancer, or by finding cancer when it is small and less likely to have spread.

We also work with the community to prevent risks related to ultraviolet radiation including exposure to the sun and indoor tanning   

Toronto Public Health offers information and support to Toronto residents about:

For information on other types of cancer go to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition advocates for policy, education and action to reduce cancer in Toronto.


What's My Cancer Risk?

Have you ever wondered what's your risk for cancer? My CancerIQ™ is a new assessment tool for Ontarians by Cancer Care Ontario. It takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete and provides a report that includes a personalized health action plan to help reduce your risk for certain types of cancer.

You can share your report with your primary care provider to talk about or start the conversation on cancer prevention.

For more information, visit My CancerIQ™

Stay Sun Safe in the Winter

In the winter, reflection from the snow almost doubles a person's ultraviolet (UV) exposure. These extreme UV levels can damage your skin and eyes leading to snow blindness. Remember to wear sunscreen and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun and the snow's reflection.

To learn more about staying sun safe in the winter, visit Skin Cancer Foundation.

Skin Cancer is Preventable

Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Canada. One bad sunburn in childhood can increase the risk of developing skin cancer later in life. This video provides helpful tips to protect yourself and your family from the sun and ultraviolet radiation (UVR).

Indoor Tanning Restrictions

The Skin Cancer Prevention Act (Tanning Beds) came into effect on May 1, 2014. This legislation prohibits the selling, advertising, marketing, and the provision of ultraviolet (UV) light treatments for tanning to persons under 18 years. Its aim is to protect youth from the dangers associated with exposure to artificial UV radiation. Toronto Public Health's role will be to respond to complaints by conducting compliance inspections of Toronto tanning bed operators.

Learn more about UVR and Skin Cancer (PDF).