KINGSTON, ON–October 19, 2015 - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the South East Regional Ontario Breast Screening Program, (OBSP) is inviting eligible women aged 50 to 54 to book a mammogram appointment. The average mammogram screening takes just five minutes to book and less than 10 minutes to complete.
To increase screening participation, Cancer Care Ontario has chosen October 21 as the provincial Day of the Mammogram. Eligible women can visit www.cancercare.on.ca/justbookit or call one of our two testing sites right here in Kingston at Hotel-Dieu Hospital 613-544-3400 ext. 2358 or the Discovery Avenue location at 613-384-4284.
“It has been shown that early detection of breast cancer through mammography can result in significant health benefits, including increased treatment options and better survival rates,” says Dr. Hugh Langley, Regional Primary Care Lead, South East Regional Cancer Program. “Breast cancer occurs primarily in women 50 to 74 years of age, this is why we are inviting women aged 50 to 54 to start screening sooner rather than later – early detection is key.”
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian women, with one in nine women expected to be diagnosed with it in their lifetime. In 2015, an estimated 9,800 Ontario women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 1,900 women will die of the disease.
A mammogram is a special X-ray machine that takes a picture of the breast and detects any changes that have occurred, even those too small for the average person to feel or see. A mammogram is administered by a registered medical radiation technologist, and involves a plastic plate that is slowly pressed down to flatten the breast and hold it in place for a few seconds. The patient will feel some pressure on the breast, but this pressure will not harm breast tissue. Mammograms are free of charge to Ontario women who are eligible to be screened.