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Mobile mammogram clinic coming to town

Is it time for your mammogram? Screen Test is coming to Fort Macleod from Oct. 15-19.

Screen Test is a free service provided by Alberta Health Services that offers screening mammograms. The mobile screening units travel to 120 communities throughout Alberta to provide convenient access to breast cancer screening.

Having regular screening mammograms is the best way to find breast cancer early, before symptoms appear and when treatment may work better.

Who should have a screening mammogram?

If you’re 50 to 74, you don’t need a referral to have a mammogram.

Make screening part of your regular health routine. Plan to have a mammogram every two years or as decided by you and your health care provider. 

If you’re 40 to 49 or over 75, discuss the risks and benefits of screening with your health care provider.
You will need a referral if you’re 40-49 and it’s your first mammogram, or if you’re over 75.

Call 1-800-667-0604 (toll-free) to book a mammogram with Screen Test.

Breast density scores are now included in your Screen Test result letter.
Breast density is the amount of dense tissue compared to the amount of fat in a person’s breasts.

It can be harder to find cancer in dense breasts because this tissue appears white on a mammogram, the same colour as many kinds of breast cancer. It’s common to have dense breast tissue. Dense breasts are only one of many risk factors for breast cancer.

Other factors, such as age and genetics, have a bigger impact on your overall risk.

You can’t tell how dense your breasts are by size, look or feel. The only way to find out is by having a mammogram.  

Talk to your health care provider about your breast density score and your personal risk of breast cancer. Learn more about breast density on screeningforlife.ca.

Enhanced safety measures are in place to keep patients and staff safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Details will be shared when you call to book your mammogram. 

For more information on Screen Test and breast cancer screening, visit screeningforlife.ca.

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