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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.
Alberta – Alberta Breast Cancer Screening Program
British Columbia – Screening Mammography Program of British Columbia
Manitoba – BreastCheck
New Brunswick – New Brunswick Breast Cancer Screening Services
Newfoundland and Labrador – Breast Screening Program for Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia – Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program
Nunavut – No organized screening program available. Talk to your healthcare provider.
Ontario – Ontario Breast Screening Program
Prince Edward Island – PEI Breast Screening Program
Saskatchewan – Screening Program for Breast Cancer
Yukon – Yukon Mammography Program