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The BC Cancer Agency’s Screening Mammography Program provides free, regular mammograms to BC women from the age of 40 without a doctor’s referral. (see guidelines below)
A screening mammogram is an x-ray exam of the breast used to find breast changes in healthy women with no signs of breast problems. At the exam, a trained female technologist takes four x-rays, two of each breast.
If you do not meet the criteria for screening mammography, please talk to your doctor to find out about other mammography options.
Mobile screening mammography services are offered through the Screening Mammography Program once or twice a year. For a schedule, please visit www.bccancer.bc.ca/screening/breast/find-a-clinic/mobile-mammography-service
About 7% of all women screened in BC have abnormal screening mammograms. These cases may require follow-up imaging tests, called diagnostic work-ups. The Screening Mammography Program has a Fast Track process to reduce the time required to complete diagnostic work-ups.
If your physician participates in the Fast Track process, you will receive a call to arrange a timely appointment for follow-up imaging tests. Otherwise, a physician will arrange for the appropriate tests once he or she receives the screening mammogram report.
Women who have not heard from their physician or a diagnostic facility within one week of receiving their abnormal results letter need to contact their physician.
People are often surprised to learn that only 5-10% of cancer diagnosis can be attributed to heredity.
The BC Cancer Agency website has information to help you determine whether your family is at risk for developing a hereditary cancer.
For families at risk for developing a hereditary cancer, a physician can refer you to the BC Cancer Agency's Hereditary Cancer Program for genetic counseling.
If you would like more information you can contact the Hereditary Cancer Program at 1-800-663-3333 Ext. 672198.
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