Only half of eligible BC women are getting screened for breast cancer

Research has shown a 25 per cent reduction in breast cancer deaths among B.C. women who have a mammogram every two years

BC Cancer Agency

The BC Cancer Agency is reminding women between the ages of 50-74 to get a mammogram every two years to screen for breast cancer.

Research has shown a 25 per cent reduction in breast cancer deaths among B.C. women who have a mammogram every two years. Despite the benefits of regular breast cancer screening, only 50 per cent of eligible women in B.C. are getting mammograms.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for women in British Columbia. In 2014, an estimated 3,500 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in B.C., and an estimated 600 will die from it.

Screening mammograms are the best method for detecting breast cancer early. Finding breast cancer early means more treatment options and a better chance of recovery.

A health care provider’s referral is not required to book an appointment and women can book their mammograms directly by calling 1-800-663-9203. For more information on screening mammograms and clinic locations visit www.screeningbc.ca. Mammograms for women ages 40-49 or over 74 can also be considered. Talk to your doctor.

If women are unsure about the risks and benefits of screening mammograms they can use the BC Cancer Agency’s Breast Cancer Screening Decision Aid, http://decisionaid.screeningbc.ca/ to determine if screening is right for them.