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Mobile BreastCheck screenings set to return to The Pas and OCN

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  • July 18, 2019
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ntending to save lives one woman at a time, CancerCare Manitoba’s BreastCheck mobile mammography clinic is set to travel to The Pas and the Opaskwayak Cree Nation during the majority of the month of August.
“Most women aged 50 to 74 should have a screening mammogram every two years,” said Health Educator for CancerCare Manitoba Laryssa Sawchuk. “Transgender men and women may need more regular mammograms.”
Regular screening mammograms remain the best way to find breast cancer in women early, as they can detect it two to three years before it can be felt by the individual or their doctor. When found early, there may be more treatment options and a better chance of survival.
“Women can be screened at BreastCheck if they are 50 years of age and over, do not have breast symptoms, do not have a personal history of breast cancer and do not currently have breast implants,” said Sawchuk.
Women who have symptoms of breast cancer should be referred to a diagnostic mammography clinic by a healthcare provider to undergo further testing. These symptoms include puckering of the skin, a change in the nipple, new or bloody discharge, a change in the size, shape or colour and thickened or hard skin that feels different than the rest of the breast tissue or a new lump.
“In Manitoba, when 1,000 women are screened, 56 will need further follow-up tests,” said Sawchuk. “Out of those, six will have breast cancer.”
The appointment only takes approximately 10 to 20 minutes to perform and may save your life.
You will have a female technologist ask you some health questions and perform the test, you will need to remove your top and bra and an image will show the detail of your breast tissue from two different angles.
“During your mammogram each breast is positioned between two plastic plates on a machine,” said Sawchuk. “The platers are pressed together to flatten your breast, This is called compression and you may have discomfort but know that it only lasts a few seconds.”
Appointments are necessary to participate in the screening.
The Pas mammograms will take place Aug. 8-23 at The Pas Health Complex and appointments can be made by calling 1·855·95·CHECK.
OCN mammograms will take place Aug. 26 to 28 at the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre and appointments can be made by calling 204·627·7410.
For more information about breast cancer screening – including an educational video that tours the Mobile Breast Cancer Screening Clinic – visit cancercare.mb.ca/screening.