Stevenson Memorial Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Department is holding
a "mammogram marathon" on May 7, with a goal to screen 30 women during the
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
For questions about breast screening, call the Ontario Breast Screening
Program toll free at 1-800-668-9304.