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Mammogram clinic comes to Fort Macleod

Is it time for your mammogram?

Screen Test is coming to Fort Macleod from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3.

Alberta Health Services brings breast cancer screening to women across Alberta with its mobile mammography clinics. 

Call 1-800-667-0604 to book a mammogram.

Here are some common myths and facts about breast cancer screening:

Myth No. 1: Monthly self-examination is the best way to find breast cancer early.

What is most important is that women know how their breasts normally look and feel — from the whole area of breast tissue up to the collarbone and including the armpit.

While it is not necessary to have a regimented method for checking your breasts, call your healthcare provider right away if you notice any unusual changes. 

Myth No. 2: Regular mammograms can’t find small tumours any sooner than women could find themselves.

Screening mammograms find many small tumours approximately 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.

Who should get a screening mammogram?

Women aged 50 to 74 years should plan to have a mammogram every two years and may self-refer.

Women aged 40 to 49 years should discuss the risks and benefits of screening with their doctor, and need a referral for their first appointment.

There is no cost for this service. For more information visit www.screeningforlife.ca.

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