Cancer Screening Program

Cancer Screening Program - Frequently Asked Questions

Why is there a Cancer Screening Program at Wequedong Lodge?

Cancer among First Nations, Inuit & Métis adults in Northwestern Ontario is great and expected to rise very high over time. Wequedong Lodge is responding to the First Nations, Inuit & Métis cancer challenges by offering clients screening services for breast, colorectal and cervical cancer. This will help improve access for the First Nations, Inuit & Métis adults while keeping things culturally appropriate and specific to the Northwestern Ontario region.


How will accessing this Cancer Screening Program help?

The Cancer Screening Program will give eligible First Nations, Inuit & Métis adults the opportunity to screen for breast, colorectal or cervical cancer during their stay at Wequedong Lodge. Early detection and awareness will help reduce the number of people having cancer and lessen the risk of developing cancer.


What types of cancer screening can I receive during my stay at Wequedong Lodge?

During your stay at Wequedong Lodge you can make an appointment at the screening program and talk with the screening liaison about cancer screening to see if you are eligible or due for screening.

  • Breast Screening – mammograms can be booked for eligible women during their stay.
  • Colorectal Screening – ColonCancerCheck (FOBT kit) – kits are available for eligible men or women during their stay. You can take this home to complete.
  • Cervical Screening – Pap testing will be available for eligible women during their stay beginning in April 2015.

Can I get a mammogram when I visit Wequedong Lodge for my specialist appointment?

If you are due or overdue for a mammogram, please call the screening liaison when you arrive. We will contact the Ontario Breast Screening program to arrange a mammogram here in Thunder Bay for you. We book all mammograms so that they do not interfere with your specialist appointments.


Does Non-insured cover the cost of Breast Screening appointments?

The Non-Insured Health Benefits group does cover the cost of women travelling out of the First Nations communities for breast screening. If you are due or overdue for your mammogram, talk to the community health nurse at the nursing station to arrange a mammogram.

A referral for breast screening is needed when Non-Insured Health Benefits have to arrange travel.


Do I need a referral to have a mammogram at Wequedong Lodge Cancer Screening Program?

All women 50 years and older do not need a referral to have a mammogram.

The Ontario Breast Screening Program is a non-referral service. For more information you can call 1-800-461-7031.

If you are travelling to Thunder Bay and staying at the lodge, ask your community health nurse or physican how you can access breast screening.

A referral for breast screening is needed when Non-Insured Health Benefits have to arrange travel from a First Nations community.


Do I need a referral to receive a FOBT kit at Wequedong Lodge Cancer Screening Program?

NO, you can contact the Wequedong Lodge Cancer Screening Program when you arrive and talk with the screening liaison who can check and see if you are eligible for colorectal cancer screening.


Do I need a referral to have a Pap test at Wequedong Lodge Cancer Screening Program?

NO, you can contact the Wequedong Lodge Cancer Screening Program when you arrive and talk with the screening liaison who can check and see if you are eligible for Pap testing.