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Screen Test coming to Fort Macleod

Is it time for your mammogram?
Screen Test is coming to Fort Macleod on May 3-5.
Alberta Health Services’ Screen Test brings breast cancer screening to women across Alberta with its mobile mammography clinics.
To book an appointment phone 1-800-667-0604. Daytime and evening appointments are available.
A screening mammogram is a special X-ray of your breast.
Once you’re over 50, it is the best way to find breast cancer early.
Screening mammograms can help find breast cancer when it is very small, two to three years before you or your doctor can feel it.
The earlier breast cancer is found the better treatment can be. In fact most women (about 90 per cent) are now surviving breast cancer five years after diagnosis.
Women 50 and over should plan to have a mammogram every two years and may self-refer.
Women 40-49 should discuss the risks and benefits of screening with their doctor, and require a referral for their first appointment.
There is no cost for this service. For more information visit
Here are some common myths and facts about breast cancer screening:
Myth No. 1: Breast cancer isn’t very common.
In fact, one in eight Alberta women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
Myth No. 2: Only women with a family history of breast cancer will get it.
The truth is, 80 per cent of women who develop breast cancer have no family history.
So it’s important to understand that you are still at risk for breast cancer even if no one in your family has ever had the disease.
Myth No. 3: Regular mammograms can’t find small tumours any sooner than women could find them themselves.
Screening mammograms can find small tumours about two to three years before they can be felt.
That’s why screening is so important — it can find cancer before it has a chance to become more serious.
Myth No. 4: Having a mammogram can cause breast cancer or can cause an already existing cancer to spread.
Mammograms use a very small dose of radiation. Research confirms that the risk of harm from radiation from mammography is very low.
The benefits of finding and treating breast cancer early far outweigh the risk of the small dose of radiation.
Myth No. 5: There is nothing a woman can do to lower her risk of developing breast cancer.
While it’s true that there are some things you can’t control, there are some things you can do:

  • Physical Activity — Be physically active throughout your life and exercise every day.
  • Weight — Try to reach or stay at a healthy body weight. This becomes even more important after menopause.
  • Alcohol — Limit the amount of alcohol you drink to no more than one drink per day.
  • Smoking — Don’t smoke and avoid second-hand smoke.
  • If you’re a smoker, talk to your health care provider about options for quitting or cutting back.
    You can also get support at or call 1-866-710-QUIT.

  • Long-term Hormone Replacement Therapies — Limit using the combination of estrogen and progestin menopausal hormone replacement therapy to no more than five years.

Long-term use (beyond five years) increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer. But within two years of stopping, a woman’s risk of breast cancer returns to average.