Perth and Smith Falls District Hospital launches its newest service with the official opening of an Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) clinic next week in partnership with the South East Regional Cancer Program (SERCP). The new clinic will provide free breast screening services to women between the ages of 50 and 74. Woman of screening age in Perth and Smith Falls and surrounding communities can call the clinic themselves and set up an appointment for their mammogram.
“For many eligible women in the area, the addition of this program means easier access to routine breast screening. It will be a particular benefit for those without a family physician as patients have the ability to self-refer. The work of the local physicians in support of this program at our hospital is acknowledged and greatly appreciated,” said Bev McFarlane, President & CEO, Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital.
The new OBSP clinic will offer women in the community the opportunity to be part of the Ontario Breast Screening Program. This means woman have access to high quality mammograms and the results of those screening appointments will be back to the physicians and the patient within two weeks. Also, those who are part of the program will receive a reminder letter so they know when their next breast screening will be coming up.
“The new Ontario Breast Screening Program site will not only improve cancer screening rates in our region but ensure that patients in the Perth and Smith Falls community have access to quality screening and follow-up closer to home. The new clinic is a demonstration of regional partners working together as a team to deliver the right care, at the right time, in the right location for the benefit of patients,” said Brenda Carter, Regional Vice President, Cancer Services, South East Regional Cancer Program.
Having an organized screening program for this area is important because mammography remains the best screening test for women. It is recommended that women age 50 and over have a mammogram every two years. Regular breast cancer screening means earlier detection of cancer and, as a result, better health outcomes.
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