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News Release

Health Department encourages women 50-plus to get mammograms

WHITBY, ON October 05, 2016 - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Durham Region Health Department is encouraging women 50 and over to get screened regularly for breast cancer by getting a mammogram. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among females in Ontario.

“Screening done through a mammogram can find breast cancer earlier when there are more treatment options available and an improved chance of survival,’ explained Brian Dallaway, a public health nurse with the Health Department. “Most cases of breast cancer are found in women 50 and older, with most women having no family history of the disease.

“There are often no early warning symptoms of breast cancer. This is why screening for breast cancer should be done when you feel healthy and have no symptoms.”

Women can be screened through the province-wide Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP). Women who are considered of average risk, 50 to 74-years old, can be screened with mammography every two years. A mammogram is a safe, low-dose x-ray of the breast that looks for tumors or any breast changes. It can also find changes in the breast even when they are too small for you or your healthcare provider to see or feel.

In addition to the OBSP, Cancer Care Ontario offers a colon cancer screening program for men and women 50 and older every two years, and a Cervical Cancer Screening program for women 21 to 69 every three years. Cancer Care Ontario also hosts MyCancerIQ.ca, a website that provides individualized risk assessment and personal recommendations to help reduce the risk of cancer.

To learn more about cancer screening visit durham.ca/screening, or call Durham Health Connection line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.

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Media inquiries:

The Regional Municipality of Durham:
Glendene Collins - Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999, or glendene.collins@durham.ca

If this information is required in an accessible format, please contact the Accessibility Co-ordinator at 1-800-372-1102 extension 2009.

For more information, please contact Health Department.