Questions about Breast Screening

Can I prevent breast cancer?

No ... but if it is found early, there is a good chance it can be cured.

Do I need to have a mammogram if there is no history of breast cancer in my family?

Yes. Most women who get breast cancer have no family history of the disease.

Should I start having a mammogram when I turn 50?

Yes. More than 80% of breast cancers are found in women over age 50.

Where should I go if I want to have a mammogram?

If you are 50 years or more, phone the Ontario Breast Screening Program for an appointment. If you are under 50 years discuss with your health practitioner.

If I notice a change in my breast(s), should I see my doctor?

Yes. You should see your doctor or nurse practitioner right away even though most changes are not a cancer.

Can men get breast cancer?

Yes. 1% of all breast cancers happen in men.

How many women are at high risk for breast cancer?

Less than 1% of women are estimated to be at high risk for breast cancer.

What should I do if I think I’m at high risk for breast cancer?

See your doctor for a referral for screening based on your family and medical history.