October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
SARNIA & PETROLIA – October 5, 2021 – Bluewater Health is encouraging Sarnia-Lambton residents to participate in regular breast screening during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, and throughout the year.
Breast cancer is the single leading cause of cancer death in women under age 60 and is, as of 2020, the most common cancer diagnosed worldwide. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 86% of women diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of breast cancer. If caught early, the five-year survival rate is close to 100%. If breast cancer is caught late, then the survival rate is 23% at five years.
The average mammogram takes just five minutes to book and less than 10 minutes to complete, and it can help detect cancer sooner than other methods can.
“Screening is smart and smart women get screened for breast cancer,” says Dr. Youssef Almalki, Medical Director, Diagnostic Imaging, Bluewater Health. “Everyone knows or will know someone who has been touched by breast cancer. We are fortunate in Ontario to have a breast screening program for our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters and spouses who are 50 to 74 years old. Join the 70% of eligible women in Sarnia-Lambton who get regular screening, and book your screening mammogram.”
Women should get a ‘baseline’ mammogram and have follow-up mammograms every one to two years depending on their unique health needs. Sarnia-Lambton women aged 50 to 54 in particular are invited to book a first-time mammogram appointment at Bluewater Health. No referral from a doctor is required. They can call 519-464-4515 to book an appointment that suits their availability.
Bluewater Health offers best-in-class breast screening including:
- State-of-the-art mammography machines for early detection of breast cancer, with the ability to perform Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, or DBT, as well as contrast-enhanced mammography to improve the diagnostic power of mammography for all women – including those with dense breast tissue; and
- Designation as a screening site for high-risk patients through the Ontario Breast Screening Program.
The Mammography department at Bluewater Health provides over 10,000 mammograms a year to women in Sarnia-Lambton and surrounding areas. Its technology places it on par with much larger centres such as Harvard and the University of Toronto and provides exceptional screening and diagnostic mammography; other centres continue to visit the Sarnia hospital to learn more about the benefits of this technology.
For more information about the 12 symptoms of breast cancer visit knowyourlemons.org.
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