Is it time for your mammogram?

Screen Test is coming to Maskwacis on October 15 and 16, and to Wetaskiwin on October 18 to 26, 2019.

Alberta Health Services – Screen Test brings breast cancer screening to women across Alberta with its mobile mammography clinics.

First Nation members can call (780) 594-2473 to book a mammogram.

Why should I get a screening mammogram?

A screening mammogram is a special X-ray of your breast. Once you’re over 50, it is the best way to find breast cancer early. Screening mammograms can help find breast cancer when it is very small, two to three years before you or your doctor can feel it. The earlier breast cancer is found the better treatment can be. In fact most women (about 90 per cent) are now surviving breast cancer five years after diagnosis.

Who should get a screening mammogram?

Women 50 and over should plan to have a mammogram every two years and may self-refer. Women 40 – 49 should discuss the risks and benefits of screening with their doctor, and need a referral for their first appointment. There is no cost for this service. For more information visit: www.screeningforlife.ca/screentest.

Here are some common myths and facts about breast cancer screening:

Myth #1: Only women with a family history of breast cancer will get it.

The truth is, 80 per cent of women who develop breast cancer have no family history. So it’s important to understand that you are still at risk for breast cancer even if no one in your family has ever had the disease.

Myth #2: Mammograms can cause breast cancer or cause an existing cancer to spread.

Mammograms require very small doses of radiation. Research confirms that the risk of harm from radiation exposure by mammography is very low. The benefits of the earlier diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer far outweigh the risk of the small dose of radiation received during a mammogram.

Myth #3: Monthly self-breast exams is the best way to find breast cancer.

What is most important is that women know how their breasts normally look and feel – from the whole area of breast tissue up to the collarbone and including the armpit. While it is not necessary to have a regimented method for checking your breasts, call your healthcare provider right away if you notice any unusual changes.

For more information, visit www.screeningforlife.ca

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