Breast Cancer Screening Program
A mammogram (an x-ray of the breast) is the best screening tool to detect cancer of the breast. Regular screening can detect breast cancer at an early stage, which can increase your chances of long term survival.
Do I need a mammogram?
A screening mammogram is recommended for women aged 40-75 who:
- have never had breast cancer;
- do not have symptoms such as a breast lump, puckered skin, rash or nipple discharge;
- have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months;
- do not have breast implants; or
- have a parent or sibling with breast cancer.
How do I get a breast screening appointment?
You can schedule a breast screening appointment without a referral from your physician or nurse practitioner by calling 1-888-592-9888. The PEI Breast Cancer Screening Program operates at the Queen Elizabeth and Prince County Hospital. Once you are a part of the screening program, you will receive a letter stating it is time to call and schedule your next appointment.
When should my doctor or nurse practitioner order a mammogram?
Your physician or nurse practitioner may request a diagnostic mammogram if you find a change in your breast such as a lump or nipple discharge. In this case, the mammography department will contact you to schedule an appointment.
How should I prepare for my mammogram?
Do not wear deodorant, lotion or any powder when you come for your mammogram. The exam does not take long. Your breast needs to be compressed to obtain the best image which may cause some temporary discomfort.
What else can I do?
The best way to detect breast cancer at its earliest stage is by having a mammogram. You can also perform a breast self-exam at home which can help you become familiar with how your breasts look and feel, so you can report any changes to a health care professional as soon as they are found. Talk with your health care provider about your breast health and what is right for you.
How do I contact the Breast Cancer Screening Program?
To schedule a screening mammogram, call 1-888-592-9888 (toll-free).
For other questions, call the mammography department at:
- Queen Elizabeth Hospital: (902) 894-2915 or (902) 894-2924
- Prince County Hospital: (902) 438-4570
To speak to the Provincial Breast Screening Coordinator, call 902-894-2914.