Mammo-Rama Challenge Aims to Break Barriers to Breast Screening

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Breast Screening

Sault Ste. Marie, ON – New name. Same important focus.

The newly branded “Mammo-Rama Breast Screening Challenge” (formerly the “50 Over Fifty” OBSP Challenge) aims to encourage eligible women, who have never been screened for breast cancer, to get a mammogram. This year, the Group Health Centre will be among 7 Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) locations to rise to the challenge, providing greater access to women aged 50 – 74.

As part of this program, women are welcome to walk-in to the Group Health Centre’s Diagnostic Imaging Department (240 McNabb St) for a mammogram, without an appointment, any time between 7:15am and 5:00pm on Monday, May 4th. Not only will participants walk away with important information about their health – they’ll enjoy refreshments, have a chance to win great prizes, and get to take home a special gift! Complimentary tokens will be provided for parking in the gated area.

Organizers want women to remember: early detection is the best protection. While it’s been proven that breast cancer screening can find cancer at an earlier stage and result in better health outcomes, only 60% of Ontario women aged 50 to 74 were screened in 2011-2012. Eight out of ten breast cancers are found in women 50 years of age or over.

In Ontario, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in females. An estimated 9,300 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and approximately 1,950 women died of the disease that year.

For more information about breast cancer screening, visit www.Ontario.ca/screenforlife.

To learn how you can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer complete the ‘My CancerIQ’ tool at www.mycanceriq.ca.

Can’t visit us on May 4th? To book a mammogram, please call the Algoma Breast Health Program (hosted by the Group Health Centre) at 705-759-5657 or toll free at 1-888-240-3903.