The Scarborough Hospital (TSH), in partnership with the Central East Regional Cancer Program and Cancer Care Ontario, is encouraging women to schedule a mammogram on Wednesday, May 4 during the “Because Your Family Matters” screening blitz day.
“As women, we’re often so focused on taking care of others that sometimes we don’t take care of ourselves,” said Dr. Lori Moore, Regional Breast Screening Lead for the Central East Regional Cancer Program.
“This breast screening event encourages women in our region who have never had or who are overdue for a mammogram, to put their health first. 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.”
“At TSH, our CIBC Breast Diagnostic Assessment Unit (DAU) provides timely access to screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for all breast abnormalities,” said Sari Greenwood, Regional Director of the Central East Regional Cancer Program and Patient Care Director, Oncology and Palliative Care at TSH.
“We strive to provide our patients with culturally sensitive care and a warm and welcoming environment that respects the need for dignity and privacy.”
The average mammogram screening takes just five minutes to book and less than 10 minutes to complete. TSH will be offering mammograms on May 4 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Women can book an appointment by calling 416-431-8168. Walk-in appointments are also being accepted on this day.
TSH’s Breast DAU accepts patients who have been referred through the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP), as well as those who have been referred by their primary care physician/nurse practitioner. Patients who are found to have clinical or imaging abnormalities are supported by a specially-trained Breast Nurse Navigator, while ongoing contact and communication is maintained with their primary care physician. In addition, the interprofessional health care team at TSH includes dedicated, highly skilled technologists, radiologists, and surgeons.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian women, with one in nine women expected to be diagnosed in their lifetime. In 2016, 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 performed on 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. Mammograms are free of charge to Ontario women who are eligible to be screened. The following groups of women are eligible for a mammogram through the OBSP:
- Women aged 50 to 74 years who are at average risk for breast cancer. Women are considered eligible for the average risk program if they show no signs of acute breast cancer symptoms, have no personal history of breast cancer, have no current breast implants and have not had a mammogram within the last 11 months. It is recommended that most eligible women get screened every two years.
- Women aged 30 to 69 years who are identified as being at high risk for breast cancer. Starting at age 30, women who may be at high risk for breast cancer can be referred by their health care provider to Ontario’s High Risk Breast Screening Program based on their family or medical history.