Who is eligible for the Ontario Breast Screening Program?
The OBSP screens two groups of women:
- Women ages 50 to 74 with no signs of breast cancer
- Women at high risk for breast cancer, aged 30 to 69 years, who have a referral from their physician, have no symptoms of breast cancer and fall into one of the following risk categories:
- They have a genetic mutation that puts them at high risk for breast cancer.
- They have refused genetic testing, but have a parent, sibling or child with a genetic mutation that puts them at high risk for breast cancer.
- Their family history indicates a lifetime risk of breast cancer of 25 percent or more, confirmed through genetic assessment.
- They received radiation therapy to the chest before age 30 as treatment for another cancer or condition.
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram takes an X-ray picture of the breast and can find changes, even when they are too small for you or your healthcare provider to feel or see.
Why should I have a screening mammogram?
Regular breast cancer screening can find cancer when it is small and easier to treat.
When should I have a mammogram?
- It’s recommended that women ages 50 to 74 have a mammogram every two years as part of their routine medical care.
What should I do to get ready for a mammogram?
- Wear a two-piece outfit. You will be asked to remove your top.
- Do not use deodorants, antiperspirants, body lotions, or talcum powders. Metals in these products can show up on the X-ray picture.
- To watch a video on how to prepare for your mammogram click here
What does it mean if more tests are needed?
- Your healthcare provider or the breast screening site will book these tests for you.
- Most women needing more tests do not have breast cancer