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Get Screened for Breast Cancer Today!

Oct 27, 2017

In Ontario, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women. Screening helps find it early, which is when it is less likely to spread, there may be more treatment options, and a better chance for treatment success. All women, regardless of age or risk factors, should know how their breasts normally look and feel so they can tell if there are changes such as:

  • a lump or dimpling,
  • changes in your nipple or fluid leaking from the nipple,
  • skin changes or redness that do not go away,
  • any other changes in your breasts.

In most cases, these are not signs of cancer, but to be sure, have them checked by your doctor or nurse practitioner. This is also a good time to talk with them about breast cancer screening, and how to reduce your risk.

Breast Cancer Screening:

  • If you are 50–74, go for a mammogram (breast X- ray) every two years
  • If you are 40–49, talk to your healthcare provider about having a mammogram
  • If you are 30–69 and think you may be at high risk for breast cancer, talk to your physician about yearly mammogram and breast MRI. High-risk categories include women who:
    • Have a genetic mutation, or a parent, sibling or child with one that puts you at risk.
    • Have a family history that indicates a significant lifetime risk of breast cancer, confirmed through genetic assessment.
    • Received radiation therapy to the chest before aged 30 as treatment for another cancer or condition.
  • If you are 75 or older, you can decide with your healthcare provider, as there is limited evidence to support screening within your age group.

Call us today to book your appointment for your breast examination!

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