Changes to breast cancer screening services
Given the COVID-19 pandemic, changes to breast cancer screening services have been put in place to reduce the risk of contamination for the public and for health professionals.
All breast cancer screening and follow-up tests have been postponed until further notice.
- If you recently had a screening mammogram under the Québec Breast Cancer Screening Program (PQDCS), you will receive your result letter as planned.
- If you need an additional examination (for example, a mammogram, an ultrasound or a biopsy), your situation will be assessed by a health professional. The most urgent tests will be maintained, while other tests will be postponed, depending on each woman’s situation. If possible, some of these tests may be transferred to a private clinic to reduce congestion in hospitals.
- If your appointment for a test is maintained, your designated screening centre will contact you.
For additional information, contact the Regional Service Coordination Centre in your region.
Breast cancer screening is checking for breast cancer in women who look healthy before signs and symptoms of the disease appear. Breast cancer cannot yet be prevented, but screening for it helps find the disease when it is still in the early stages. This increases the chances of healing.
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, breast cancer is:
- The most common cancer among Canadian women
- The second-leading cause of death from cancer in Canadian women
In Québec, the only breast cancer screening method recommended is a mammogram.
Breast Cancer in Québec
According to the Canadian Cancer Society:
- Over 6,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year.
- About 80% of cases affect women aged 50 and older.
- About 1,350 women die from breast cancer each year.