How do I find a breast cancer screening program?

For women aged 50 to 74

All provinces and most territories 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.

Landscape of Moraine Lake, Banff National Park


Alberta Breast Cancer Screening Program
Vancouver skyline on a sunny day

British Columbia

Screening Mammography Program of British Columbia
Bridge and skyline in Winnipeg, Manitoba


Hartland covered bridge in New Brunswick

New Brunswick

New Brunswick Breast Cancer Screening Services
Historic Cabot Tower, Signal Hill, Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador

Breast Screening Program for Newfoundland and Labrador
A team of six sled dogs running at night with green northern lights in the sky

Northwest Territories

Breast Cancer Screening Program
Peggy's Cove in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program
Image of the community of Apex, Nunavut


No organized screening program available. Talk to your healthcare provider.
Toronto skyline at dusk


Ontario Breast Screening Program
Dalvay Beach at sunset in Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island

PEI Breast Screening Program
Chateau Frontenac during the day overlooking Old Quebec


Québec Breast Cancer Screening Program
Sunset over the city of Saskatoon


Screening Program for Breast Cancer
Landscape of the Ogilvie River and mountains in the Yukon


Yukon Mammography Program