It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we're encouraging women between the ages of 50 and 74 to talk to their healthcare providers about getting screened with a mammogram.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Ontario women. One in eight women in Ontario will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
Breast cancer also has one of the highest survival rates out of all of the cancers in the province.
Regular screening can find cancer early when it may be smaller and easier to treat.
The Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) provides free, high-quality breast screening to two groups of women:
- Women aged 50 to 74 with no signs of breast cancer are encouraged to have a mammogram every two years through the OBSP as part of their routine medical care.
- Women aged 30 to 69 who are identified as being at high risk for breast cancer can receive annual mammography and breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) screening through the OBSP.