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Breast Cancer Screening - What You Should Know

Every woman is at risk for breast cancer and your risk increases with age. Eighty per cent of all breast cancer occurs in women who are 50 years of age and older. Fortunately, research has shown that regular screening mammograms are very effective for this age group.

What does your provincial breast screening program do for you?

Educates women about the importance of regular breast screening and breast self-examination.

Invites women aged 50 and over to make an appointment for a screening mammogram and reminds them when it is time for their next mammogram.

Comes to you! Many programs send mobile screening services into smaller communities.

Makes sure women who need further tests receive appropriate follow-up.

Sends your results to you and your doctor. Your doctor is an important part of the screening process.

Ensures high quality - screening programs are evaluated thoroughly, on a regular basis. This increases the chances of finding cancer when it is very small.

Keeps track of how many cancers are found, the size of the cancers found, and how many women are sent for follow-up testing. This ensures consistent, high-quality care across Canada.

For more information about breast cancer screening, contact your the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577.

Additional Resource

Breast Cancer Screening - Cancer Care Ontario