In Ontario, there are two ways of getting a mammogram once you’re 50 years old and at average risk.
1. You can get a referral from your healthcare professional
2. You can call the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) at 1 800-668-9304 to make an appointment.
First established in 1990, the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) is a high quality breast cancer screening service for women living in Ontario. It is operated by Cancer Care Ontario and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
The OBSP currently accepts women who fall into the following two categories:
Women at average risk of developing breast cancer, age 50 and over
Evidence shows that regular mammograms for women who are at average risk and 50 years or older, are the most effective way to detect breast cancer early. Average risk means you have no other risk factors other than being a woman and being older (i.e. 50 and over).
Women at high risk of developing breast cancer, age 30 to 69
In Ontario, women aged 30 to 69 who are at high risk for breast cancer due to genetic factors or a personal or family history suggestive of hereditary breast cancer can receive an annual breast screening MRI and mammogram through the OBSP. Women in this group will need a referral from their doctor or nurse practitioner to book for these screening services.
To learn more about the OBSP and its newly expanded services for women at high risk aged 30 to 69, visit www.ontario.ca/screenforlife