The Canadian Cancer Society recommends the following breast cancer screening guidelines.
|If you are:|
|40 to 49||Talk to your doctor about your risk of breast cancer, along with the benefits and risks of mammography.|
|50 to 69||
|70 or older||Talk to your doctor about how often you should be tested for breast cancer.|
Know your risk
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 Ontario Breast Screening Program. Women in this group will need a referral from their doctor or nurse practitioner to book for these screening services.
For more information about breast health and breast screening call the Canadian Cancer Society’s Cancer Information toll-free at 1 888 939-3333.