BC Breast Cancer Screening Program is in Castlegar April 19 - 3o. Photo: BC Breast Cancer Screening Program

BC Breast Cancer Screening Program is in Castlegar April 19 - 3o. Photo: BC Breast Cancer Screening Program

Mobile mammogram screening available in Castlegar April 19 – 30

BC Breast Cancer Screening is in Castlegar this week

BC Cancer’s Mobile Mammography is in Castlegar from April 19 – 30 and appointments are still available. The mobile clinic will be parked at the Sandman Hotel.

BC Cancer’s breast screening program offers no-cost screening mammograms to eligible women in B.C.

Quick facts:

• It is recommended that women age 40 to 74 who have a mother, daughter or sister with breast cancer receive a mammogram every year. Women age 40 to 74 without a family history of breast cancer should schedule a mammogram every two years.

• Mammograms can usually find lumps two to three years before a woman or her primary care provider can feel them.

• Approximately one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. It is the most common type of cancer found in women in B.C. with around 3,500 BC women receiving a breast cancer diagnosis each year.

• Regular screening mammograms can find breast cancer early, often before it has spread.

• About 10 per cent of all screening mammograms performed in BC are done on the mobile units.

• The vehicles provide state-of-the-art digital screening mammograms, are wheelchair-accessible, and feature a spacious waiting area and comfortable private examination room.

• A screening mammogram consists of four images (two of each breast) that look for hidden cancer in women who are healthy with no symptoms and have never had breast cancer.

New safety measures, including physical distancing, use of personal protective equipment and extensive cleaning are now in place to provide a safe cancer screening environment inside the mobile units.

To book a screening mammogram call 1-800-663-9203. A doctor’s referral is not required.

For more information, visit ScreeningBC.ca/breast.

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