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50 over Fifty challenge

Wednesday, April 23, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff
NEWS RELEASE

GROUP HEALTH CENTRE

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This year, the Group Health Centre will join a record ten sites in Northeastern Ontario for a friendly competition that encourages women to be proactive about breast health.

The 50 Over Fifty Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) Challenge will be held at the Centre’s Diagnostic Imaging Department (240 McNabb St) on Monday, May 5.

With a focus on women 50 and over who have never been screened, the objective of the 50 Over Fifty OBSP Challenge is to provide a convenient window of opportunity for busy women to overcome the barriers that have prevented them from attending breast screening in the past.

Each site will compete to be the first to screen 50 women over fifty years of age.

Women are welcome to walk-in to the Group Health Centre, without an appointment, any time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday, May 5.

Not only will participants walk away with important information about their health – they’ll get to take home a special gift as well.

It’s important to remember: early detection is the best protection!

Breast cancer screening can find cancer at an earlier stage, and result in better health outcomes.

Research shows that regular screening of women aged 50 to 74 can reduce mortality, yet only 61 percent of Ontario women aged 50 to 74 were screened in 2010-2011.

There are still many women who would benefit from regular breast screening, and the 50 Over Fifty OBSP Challenge aims to bring that message home.

A few more quick facts:

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in females.
  • Eight out of ten breast cancers are found in women 50 years of age or over.
  • An estimated 9,300 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013

To learn more about breast cancer screening, visit www.Ontario.ca/screenforlife or contact the Algoma Breast Health Program at 705-759-5657.

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Pink Peony 4/23/2014 7:59:31 PM Report

Yeah but

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/12/health/study-adds-new-doubts-about-value-of-mammograms.html?_r=0
Powerwise 4/23/2014 11:31:18 PM Report

Attention username PINK PEONY**

I am wondering about your use of that name.

Are you a HERBALIST or a BOTANIST or some other kind of professional who deals with PLANTS?

I am not referring to the ones who deal with drugs and who create deliberate crime and MIND-ALTERING SUBSTANCES.

There seems to be an excess of the above kind in this MUNICIPALITY these days.

It is quite late on this wednesday night.
Gurpy 4/24/2014 7:18:32 AM Report

Probably enough radiation in the machine to cause breast cancer. No thank you! Mine will be staying in my bra!!!
pruden 4/24/2014 9:02:57 AM Report

Breast screen is important even if it only locates a syst. That can lead to something more serious as it did so in my case. I had breast cancer 12 years ago and the syst was located 8 years before but no one suggested any further testing until the mammogram technician suggested I go to see a surgeon which I did and after doing another test which came back positive I had a masectomy within a week. So yes, breast examination/mammogram is very important. Don't be afraid....amazing treatments are available now if cancer is detected.
Best of luck.
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