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Mobile BreastCheck clinics set to come to northern communities


CancerCare Manitoba is bringing mobile clinics to the far reaches of the province.
The BreastCheck mobile mammography clinics are being moved to a pair of northern communities. Oxford House and St. Theresa Point will see the units come to their regions in early February.
"Mammograms are an important tool for detecting breast cancer," said Laryssa Sawchuk, CCMB health educator. "The mobile clinic allows us to travel to communities across Manitoba to help provide women with convenient access to mammograms, including those living in remote areas."
According to CancerCare Manitoba, breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death for women in Manitoba. Each year, there are 850 new cases and approximately 175 women die from the disease. Eight out of 10 breast cancers occur in women aged 50 or older.
It is recommended that most women between the ages of 50 and 74 have a screening mammogram every two years.
"A mammogram appointment takes between 10 and 20 minutes," said Sawchuk. "Women can make an appointment for a mobile or permanent clinic, such as the clinics in Brandon or Thompson."
Breast cancer screening clinics are open year-round at four locations in the province, including the Misericordia Health Centre in Winnipeg, Boundary Trails Health Centre, Brandon Regional Health Centre and Thompson General Hospital.
Appointments can be made by calling 1-855-95-CHECK (1-855-952-4325).
The clinics will be January 29th to February 1st for Oxford House and February 3rd to 6th in St. Theresa Point.

Trent Allen