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Ontario Breast Screening Program
The Ontario Breast Screening Program [OBSP]’s mission is to reduce deaths from breast cancer by delivering high-quality breast screening for women. At the OBSP, you can have a mammogram, a clinical breast examination and instruction on breast self-examination if you are interested.
Who can come to the Ontario Breast Screening Program?
- Ontario women
- 50 years of age or over
- No personal history of breast cancer
- No mammogram within the past year
- No history of breast implants or removal of implants
- No acute breast symptoms
What are the benefits of the Ontario Breast Screening Program?
- Self-referral – women can call to make their own appointments
- Automatic recall – women will be reminded and invited back for their next appointment
- Results sent to each woman and her physician
- Follow-up of abnormalities – all women needing more tests are closely monitored
- Community outreach programs
- Quality control
- Ongoing monitoring and evaluation to ensure maximum benefits
- Reduction in the death rate from breast cancer
What are other Ontario Breast Screening Program benefits for you?
- Result letter sent to each woman and her physician
- Reminder to return for screening
- No cost to women
- Sensitivity to women’s needs
- Canadian Association of Radiologists accredited sites
- Evaluation of program
For every 100 women screened at the OBSP, nine are referred for further tests, and one of these nine will have breast cancer. Most women (82%) needing follow-up tests have non-invasive procedures, such as a doctor visit, more mammogram views and/or ultrasound.
For more information or locations about the Ontario Breast Screening Program – visit here
or call 1-800-668-9304