How do I find a breast screening program?

For women aged 50 to 74

All provinces have breast cancer screening programs for this age range if you are at average risk for breast cancer. You can make an appointment at a screening centre without a doctor’s referral.

For women aged 40 to 49

Depending on your provincial program, you may be able to make an appointment without a referral or you may need your doctor or nurse practitioner to refer you to the program. Your provincial screening program may not accept women aged 40 to 49 for a screening mammogram where you do not have any symptoms and are not high risk. In that case, you may need to talk to your doctor about the best way to have a mammogram.

For women at high risk

Some provinces have programs or protocols for women at elevated or high risk. The criteria for high risk varies by province, and you should talk to your doctor about which screening program is best for you and at what age you should start screening if you are at higher risk. Women in these programs may have more frequent mammograms and require other diagnostic tests.

AlbertaAlberta Breast Cancer Screening Program

British ColumbiaScreening Mammography Program of British Columbia


New BrunswickNew Brunswick Breast Cancer Screening Services

Newfoundland and LabradorBreast Screening Program for Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest TerritoriesBreast Screening Program, Stanton Territorial Health Authority and Breast Screening Program, Hay River Health and Social Services Authority

Nova ScotiaNova Scotia Breast Screening Program

Nunavut – No organized screening program available. Talk to your healthcare provider.

OntarioOntario Breast Screening Program

Prince Edward IslandPEI Breast Screening Program

QuebecProgramme québécois de dépistage du cancer du sein

SaskatchewanScreening Program for Breast Cancer

YukonYukon Mammography Program

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