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Term: Manitoba Breast Cancer Screening Program / BreastCheck

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2016-08-25


Operated by CancerCare Manitoba (formerly known as Manitoba Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation), the Manitoba Breast Screening Program began in mid-1995, and involves the delivery of mammography screening through a province-wide program. This program is now called BreastCheck .

Screening Guidelines

  • Prior to September 2008, the goal of the Manitoba Breast Screening Program was to screen 70% of Manitoba women age 50-69 every two years; approximately 33,000 women per year.

  • Since September, 2008, the current guidelines recommend that most women between the ages of 50-74 should have a screening mammogram every 2 years. Women can be screened at BreastCheck if they are 50 years of age and over and:

    • do not have breast symptoms such as unusual lumps or bloody nipple discharge,
    • do not have a personal history of breast cancer, and
    • do not currently have breast implants.

  • Women who are not eligible to be screened at BreastCheck should speak with their health care provider about the best breast health program for their individual needs.
For more information, see the CancerCare Manitoba Web Site - BreastCheck

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