Mobile breast cancer screening test returning to Drayton Valley

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
January 22, 2018 - 8:21am

Women ages 50 to 74 - the group most at risk of developing breast cancer - will have access to mammography services when Alberta Health Services' Screen Test program visits Drayton Valley next month.

This will be the 26th year that AHS has been offering this mobile program as women in that age category are most at risk of developing breast cancer.

The Screen Test program was established in 1990 with clinics in Edmonton and Calgary. After noticing the rates of breast cancer survival were lower in women living in rural communities, the program was expanded to serve 120 communities outside of the provinces major city centres.  

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast and has proven to be the most effective way to detect breast cancer. Early detection allows for a greater number of options for treatment and a better chance of survival.

Women should go and get screened every two years. The test is relatively short, taking about 10 minutes with 4 X-rays being taken, 2 on each breast. 

If you would like to get screened at the mobile service, booking an appointment is preferred but not required. You can make the appointment by calling 1-800-667-0604.

The Screen Test mobile mammography unit will located at the Omniplex parking lot from February 14-23. 

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