Women between the age group of 50 and 69 will now be able to avail the benefits of advanced digital mammography technology, which will be set up at a new location of the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) Regional Centre in Kingston's east end.
Digital mammography is more accurate, precise, and convenient to use as compared to the standard film mammography in which X-rays are taken to produce the images of the breast.
Dr. Hugh Langley, Medical Coordinator of the OBSP Regional Centre said, “Because women do not have to wait for X-ray film to be developed to be sure that the images are usable, the duration of a mammography appointment is reduced”.
It is worth mentioning that one out of nine women in Ontario develops breast cancer in their lifetime and eight out of ten breast cancer cases are reported in women aged 50 or more.
Breast screening at regular interval can significantly reduce the breast cancer cases, as early detection can help in preventing the spread of the cancer.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of OBSP and to encourage women to go for routine mammogram, every woman who has fixed an appointment for the breast screening in October will be given a complimentary Thingamaboob.
Those who want an appointment can contact OBSP Regional Centre by calling at 613.384.4284 or 1.800.465.8850.