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.
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.
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.