Cancer Care Ontario is an Agency of the Province of Ontario that is responsible for improving cancer services. CCO reaches out to Ontarians directly by encouraging them to get screened for a number of cancers; breast and cervical cancer for women, and colorectal cancer for both men and women. Their motto is “Cancer Screening saves Lives”. While CCO focuses on cancers that affect a majority of the inhabitants of Ontario, nasopharyngeal cancer affects a much smaller subset of the population, and is therefore not part of their provincial screening programs.
Viruses are responsible for most of the cancers caused by infectious agents, and are responsible for 12% of all cancers worldwide. Cancer trends in specific population groups are collected and the data is analyzed to provide insight into various trends affecting populations. The Epstein Barr Virus, which is a cause of NPC, is also linked to a number of other cancers. Screening for NPC is only recommended if you have an Asian genetic background, have a blood-related family member diagnosed with NPC, or have symptoms of the disease.