Get screened for breast cancer

If you’re in a certain age or population group, you can also have screening tests that help find breast cancer before you’ve even noticed symptoms. Take control of your health – see your doctor regularly and know when you should be screened for certain cancers.

Make regular breast cancer screening part of your healthy lifestyle

When you’re getting ready for what’s next in life, it’s good to plan ahead and make sure you have everything you need. The Canadian Cancer Society reminds you that being proactive and prepared applies to breast cancer screening too.
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When should I be screened for breast cancer?

If you are 50 to 74, have a mammogram every 2 years.
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What happens when you have a mammogram?

Mammograms are done in a clinic or screening centre by a radiology technologist who will position your breast on a special x-ray machine.

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What are the benefits and limitations of screening for breast cancer?

Almost every test or procedure has benefits and limitations. Before having any test, it’s important to be aware of them so that you’re making an informed decision that’s right for you.
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How do I find a breast screening program?

All provinces and territories have breast cancer screening available through an organized screening program or your healthcare provider.
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What you should know about breast cancer screening in your 40s

In Canada, national guidelines state that women between 50 and 74 years old benefit most from regular breast screening. The benefits for women under 50 are still unclear.