Breast Screening & Assessment
Our program offers comprehensive breast imaging, diagnostic, and surgery services, provided by an interdisciplinary team, including surgeons, radiologists, medical radiation technologists, and more.
Routine Breast Screening
Finding cancer early is important. Regular breast screening can find cancer when it is small, which means:
• There is a better chance of treating the cancer successfully.
• It is less likely to spread.
• More treatment options may be available.
St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital is one of over 200 affiliate sites of the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP), funded by Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario), and provides routine screening mammography to women of all ages.
If you are a woman over the age of 50
You can be referred by your family physician or you can schedule your own screening mammogram appointment through the OBSP program.
If you are a woman under the age of 50
A referral from your family physician is required for routine breast screening.
If you are a woman between the ages of 30 and 69
If you fall into this age group and you think you may be at high risk for breast cancer, you should talk to your family doctor about a referral to the OBSP. Referrals for high-risk patients are based on specific criteria, such as genetics and a family or medical history.