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Saturdays added for breast screening at SMH, physician referrals not needed

Posted July 5, 2013

A pilot project will offer Ontario Breast Screening Program clinics on two Saturdays at Stevenson Memorial Hospital this summer. Clinics will operate Saturday, July 20th and Saturday, August 17th 2013 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

"We are excited to offer women in this community the opportunity to attend breast screening clinics on Saturdays this summer, in order to determine the need for a program expansion," explained President and CEO Annette Jones. "We are hoping that adding this flexibility will encourage more women who are eligible to take advantage of the free breast screening program."

The Ontario Breast Screening Program is a free breast cancer screening program operated through Cancer Care Ontario and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to provide:
  • A high quality mammogram (low dose x-ray of the breast) to find cancer early - often before you can feel a lump.
  • An invitation to return for screening when recommended.
  • A letter sent to both you and your family doctor about your exam results.
Women eligible to participate in the OBSP are Ontario residents, 50 years of age or older, who have no acute breast symptoms or problems, no current breast implants, have no personal history of breast cancer and have not had a mammogram within the past 11 months.

"We are fortunate to have a state of the art Digital Mammography suite at Stevenson, which was opened in 2012 and is considered the highest quality and best technology available for screening," Ms. Jones said, adding that over 2,500 exams were completed from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013.

To book an appointment, please call 705-434-5133. Appointments do not require physician referrals.

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