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Breast cancer screening is available in Macleod

What are your chances of getting breast cancer?
One in eight Albertan women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
Alberta Health Services’ mobile Screen Test will be in Fort Macleod on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 25-26 and in Brocket on Monday, March 4.
Call 1-800-667-0604 to book an appointment for a mammogram.
A screening mammogram is a special x-ray of your breast.
Once you’re over the age of 50, it is the most effective way to find breast cancer early.
Screening mammograms can detect breast cancer when it is very small, two to three years before you or your physician can feel it.
The earlier breast cancer is found the more effective treatment can be.
The main risk factors for breast cancer are:

  • Being female. Men can develop breast cancer too, but it is rare.
  • Age. More than 75 per cent of women diagnosed with breast cancer are 50 years or older.
  • A strong family history of pre-menopausal breast cancer, although 80 per cent of women with breast cancer do not have a family history.
  • Previous diagnosis of breast cancer.

Here are some tips for a breast screening life plan.
If you’re younger than 40:

  • Get to know how your breasts look and feel.
  • See your doctor regularly for a periodic health exam.

If you’re 40-49:

  • Talk to your health care provider about your breast cancer risk and the risks and benefits of screening mammograms.
  • Get an annual physical breast exam from your health care provider.
  • Check your breasts regularly for unusual changes.

If you’re 50-69:

  • Get regular screening mammograms every two years.
  • Get an annual physical breast exam from your health care provider.
  • Check your breasts regularly for unusual changes.
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    If you’re 70 or older:

    • Talk to your health care provider about continuing mammograms.
    • Get an annual physical breast exam from your health care provider.
    • Check your breasts regularly for unusual changes.

    Many women get mammograms because of a friend’s encouragement.
    Be a “breast friend” to a woman in your life and help her live her best life.
    Screen Test is a mammography service within Alberta Health Services, with two mobile clinics that provide services to women in about 100 communities.

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