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SMH 'Mammothon' May 7, no appointment necessary

Posted May 1, 2014

Stevenson Memorial Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Department is holding a "mammogram marathon" on May 7, with a goal to screen 30 women during the event.

The Mammothon is aimed at, but not limited to, women over 50 years old who have never had a mammogram or haven't been screened in more than two years. On May 7, Women can walk in for a mammogram without an appointment between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

"The purpose of Mammothon is to ensure all eligible women have an opportunity to put aside their hesitations and put themselves first," said Jeff Kerk, Manager of Paramedice at Stevenson. "The one-day open house is a great chance to overcome fears. Mammothon is meant to be a positive and purposeful day dedicated to women's health."

Mammothon is being organized by the Central Regional Cancer Program and held at Ontario Breast Screening Program at various sites in Simcoe County and York Region.

While breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women, only 61 percent of eligible women in Ontario are being routinely screened. The disease affects one in nine women, most of whom do not have a family history, according to Cancer Care Ontario.

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To find out when you should start screening for cancer, or to encourage friends and family to get checked, visit the Time to Screen Tool at www.ontario.ca/screenforlife

For questions about breast screening, call the Ontario Breast Screening Program toll free at 1-800-668-9304.

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