Breast Cancer Screening on the Screen for Life Coach
The Screen for Life Coach offers direct digital mammography and is part of Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP). The OBSP is the provincial breast cancer screening program that oversees breast cancer screening for women between the ages of 50 and 74 years.
Who Can Participate?
The OBSP recommends that women at average risk should get a regular breast screening mammogram every two years if they:
- Are between 50 and 74 years of age
- Are Ontario residents
- Have no acute breast symptoms
- Have no personal history of breast cancer
- Have no current breast implants
- Have not had a mammogram in the past 11 months
Women over the age of 74 can be screened on the Screen for Life Coach but are encouraged to make a personal decision about breast cancer screening in consultation with their health care provider.
The Ontario Breast Screening Program will send you a reminder letter when it is time to return for your next visit to the Screen for Life Coach.
Making an Appointment
Book your own appointment
Women can call the Screen for Life Office to make their own appointment for a mammogram. There is no charge for this service and you do not need a doctor’s referral. When you book a mammogram, you will be given the opportunity to schedule an appointment with the nurse for a Pap test to screen for cervical cancer or to receive a ColonCancerCheck fecal occult blood test (FOBT) kit to screen for colorectal cancer.
If you are an OBSP client returning for your next screening visit, you will receive a reminder letter asking you to call the Screen for Life Office to schedule your appointment. Please make sure you have your health card handy before you call.
Your breast screening appointment
Once you have booked an appointment, you will receive a letter with the date, time and location of your appointment on the Screen for Life Coach.
Before your appointment, you will receive a phone call from a Screen for Life booking clerk to remind you of your appointment on the Screen for Life Coach.
What to Expect
Screen for Life Coach
The Screen for Life Coach visits over 60 locations throughout Northwestern Ontario. Parking at the coach location is free. When you arrive you can enter through the side door at the front of the coach and relax in our waiting area. There, you will be greeted by one of the two female screening staff who are always on the coach. There are private change rooms on the coach but no washroom. Please remember to use the washroom before you come for your appointment.
The Screen for Life coach is wheelchair accessible.
Nationally accredited staff and equipment
The Screen for Life Coach is equipped with a state of the art direct digital mammography unit accredited by the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) Mammography Accreditation Program. The mammography unit is operated by a certified Medical Radiation Technologist (MRT). Equipment and staff ensure that all women receive a high quality mammogram that meets national standards.
Preparing for a Mammogram
Do not use deodorants, antiperspirants, body lotions, or talcum powders. Metals in these products can show up on the X-ray image.
Wear a loose fitting top that buttons down the front.
In approximately two weeks, women who have normal results will receive a letter from the Screen for Life Office. The letter is also sent to your health care provider. The letter will indicate when you should return to the Screen for Life Coach for your next screening mammogram.
If your results indicate further testing is required due to an abnormal result, you will be contacted directly by our breast patient navigator to discuss next steps and arrange follow-up tests. It is important to know that most women who need more testing do not have breast cancer.
Your next appointment
The Screen for Life Office will send you a letter when it is time for your next screening mammogram. Most women return to breast screening every two years. When you receive your letter, call the Screen for Life Office to arrange your next screening mammogram on the Screen for Life Coach. Or you can schedule your mammogram appointment at a Northwestern Ontario location that is convenient for you.