Mobile breast cancer clinic calling Flin Flon home for two weeks

Mammograms can detect breast cancer three years before symptoms develop

CancerCare Manitoba’s mobile mammography clinic is making a trip to Flin Flon.

The clinic, housed in a pink R.V., will be parked outside the Primary Healthcare Centre on Main Street from July 22 to Aug. 7.

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CancerCare Manitoba recommends all women between 50 and 74 years old should get a screening mammogram X-ray every two years. Out of every 1000 women screened in Manitoba, CancerCare said they expect 56 to be referred for further testing. On average, six would be diagnosed with breast cancer.

An appointment at the clinic should last between 10 and 20 minutes. The process involves a technician asking health questions and using a specialized X-ray machine to take separate images of breast tissue. CancerCare Manitoba say these kinds of mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer early.

“Regular mammograms can find breast cancer two to three years before it can be felt by you or your doctor,” said an email release from CancerCare Manitoba.

“When found early, there may be more treatment options and better chance of a cure.”

If symptoms of breast cancer are found by the technician, patients can be referred for further testing. A list of potential symptoms can be found online at cancercare.mb.ca/screening, alongside more information about breast cancer screening, including an educational video that tours the Mobile Breast Cancer Screening Clinic.

To book an appointment at the clinic, call 1-855-952-4325

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