Village of Donnelly

Screen Tests are coming to McLennan – November 9 to 9, 2021

The AHS Screen Test Mobile Mammography Clinic will be returning to McLennan November 6 to 9, 2021Screen Tests are coming McLennan

Screen Test brings breast cancer screening to women across Alberta with its state-of-the-art mobile mammography unit. As part of the new Integrated Access to Cancer Screening project, we are pleased to be partnering with AHS Screening Programs to bring cervical and colorectal screening services in McLennan November 8 & 9, 2021.

Due to COVID-19, the Screen Test mobile mammography service was suspended for three months in 2020. Although service has resumed, we are several months behind on our usual rotation due to these delays. Screen Test is taking a number of precautions to ensure the safety of our clients and staff and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Details will be shared when clients call to book an appointment.

Here’s some information about the clinic:

What: AHS Screen Test Mobile Mammography Clinic

Additional Services: Cervical (Pap tests) and colorectal screening (FIT home stool test) services

How to book: Call 1-800-667-0604 (toll-free) and complete the Screen Test Resource Order Form v.3

Cost: None

Who should be screened for breast cancer?

  • Women 50 to 74: This group is most commonly diagnosed with breast cancer, and should plan to have a mammogram every 2 years until they turn 75. This group can self-refer.
  • Women 40 to 49: Screening is optional and they should discuss the risks and benefits of screening with their health care provider. A referral is needed for their first mammogram in Alberta, which is available online here.
  • Women 75 and over: Can continue screening and should discuss the risks and benefits with their health care provider.
  • Screening mammograms are not recommended for women under age 40: Women in this age group should discuss their breast cancer risk and mammography options with their health care provider.

Why are mammograms important? Screening mammograms are routine tests used to find early signs of cancer in women who have no breast problems or symptoms. They can find changes in the breast that are too small to be felt by a woman or her doctor. Early detection with mammograms is one of the reasons that most women (90%) are now surviving breast cancer.

Who should be screened for cervical cancer?

Women 25 to 69: This group should receive cervical cancer screening, also known as Pap tests. After the first Pap test, women should have a Pap test once every three years.

Why is cervical cancer screening important? Pap tests are used to find potential health issues or conditions before symptoms appear.  Regular Pap tests check for cervical cell changes, which can be followed closely to make sure they clear up. 90% of cervical cancer can be prevented with early treatment.

Who should be screened for colorectal cancer?

Everyone aged 50 to 74: This group should receive regular colorectal screening.  A consultation with a healthcare provider can determine if the FIT home stool test or colonoscopy is the right test.

Why is colorectal screening important? Colorectal cancer screening looks for early signs of cancer in people who feel well and have no symptoms. Colorectal cancer is easier to treat when found at an early stage. 90% of cases can be treated successfully if found early.

To learn more about cancer screening services, visit screeningforlife.ca or call us at 1-800-667-0604.