The mobile mammogram screening truck is coming back to Squamish this month.
The exam involves taking four images — two of each breast — to look for hidden cancer in women who are healthy with no symptoms and have never had breast cancer.
Mammograms can find lumps two to three years before a woman or her primary care provider can feel them, according to BC Cancer.
“Mammograms save lives by detecting breast cancers early, often before they have spread and when more treatment options are available,” said Dr. Colin Mar, medical director for the breast screening program. “More women in B.C. are being diagnosed with breast cancer, but fewer are dying from the disease. This is in large part due to early detection and treatment.”
It is recommended that women age 40 to 74 who have a mother, daughter or sister with breast cancer receive a mammogram every year. Women age 40 to 74 without a family history of breast cancer should consider a mammogram every two years.
BC Cancer’s breast screening will be available in Squamish on the following dates in front of Shoppers Drug Mart on Pemberton Avenue:
June 13 and 14
June 17 to 20
June 24 to 27
About 10 per cent of all screening mammograms performed in B.C. are done on the mobile units.
The exam is free for eligible women in B.C.
To book a screening mammogram call 1-800-663-9203.
For more information, go to www.ScreeningBC.ca/breast.