ONTARIO WOMEN CONFUSED ABOUT AGE FOR MAMMOGRAMS

Oct 03, 2012

By Jane Brown

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Women in Ontario seem to be unclear about the age to begin regular breast cancer screening.  A new poll  for the Canadian Cancer Society suggests more women believe they should start having regular mammograms in their 40s than in their 50s, though the latter is actually the recommended age in Ontario. 

Joanne Di Nardo is an executive with the Ontario division of the Canadian Cancer Society, and admits the confusion is understandable because there is a lot of conflicting information out there.  The Canadian Cancer Society says women at average risk of developing breast cancer should have a screening mammogram every two years between the ages of 50 and 69.

The poll also found that nearly half of Ontario women don’t know that mammograms are the best way to check for breast cancer.

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