Breast cancer screening is the best way to find breast cancer early. And it can truly save your life. That’s because abnormalities or cancer can develop long before you notice any symptoms. Screening mammograms can detect these abnormalities early, when treatment has the best chance of working.
If you’re a woman between 50 and 74, it’s important to get mammograms regularly. The risk of breast cancer increases as women get older. In fact, more than 3 out of 4 women diagnosed with breast cancer in Alberta are 50 years or older. Once you’re over 74, you may continue to benefit from regular screening mammograms. It’s best to talk with your healthcare provider about whether this is the best option for you.
If you’re between 40 and 49, it’s less clear that the benefits of mammograms outweigh the risks. Research has shown that screening women at this age isn’t as effective. However, since the risk of developing breast cancer increases with age and other personal risk factors, it’s a good idea to talk with your healthcare provider about your own breast cancer risk and whether you need mammograms.
Screen Test brings breast cancer screening to women in rural areas with mobile mammography clinics. The Screen Test Mobile Mammography Unit will be coming to Black Diamond on April 21-24, 2017. Clients can call 1-800-667-0604 (toll free) to book a mammogram appointment or you can click here for more information.