General notice


Women aged 70 to 74 without any health problems that would reduce their life expectancy to less than 10 years can participate in the Québec Breast Cancer Screening Program’s (PQDCS) out-of-program screening. To do so, they must speak with a health professional to obtain a medical prescription.

The content of this web page will soon be updated to reflect this information.

Notice publication date: April 6, 2023

The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux launched the Québec Breast Cancer Screening Program (PQDCS) in May 1998.

The PQDCS invites women aged 50 to 69 to have a mammogram every 2 years. A mammogram is the only screening exam that can reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer.

The PQDCS’s objective is to reduce breast cancer deaths in women between the ages of 50 and 69 by 25 %. Results obtained since the beginning of the PQDCS are positive and justify continuing the Program.

Voluntary participation

Taking part in the breast cancer screening program is voluntary. It is important to be well informed on all aspects of the screening before deciding whether to have a mammogram or not. To help you make your decision, read Advantages, disadvantages and limitations of screening mammography.