The Northeast Cancer Centre is celebrating the first anniversary of the My Cancer IQ website with an expansion. This comes on the heels of this week’s World Cancer Day, which was February 4th. The website is a way to self-assess your risk for cancer, which includes a personalized plan you can share with your doctor.
My Cancer IQ is now helping patients screen for kidney and skin cancers. That adds to their already long list of breast, cervical, lung, and colorectal cancers. Regional Coordinator for the cancer centre, Nicole Gauthier, says they added kidney and skin cancers because both types are on the rise, but preventable. She says it’s important to get screened because you can’t see inside of your own body, and catching cancer early means a much better prognosis.
The website can be accessed from any computer, smartphone, or tablet, and is completely confidential. It was created by Cancer Care Ontario in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.