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Early breast cancer screening key: NGH

Norfolk General Hospital is encouraging women to take advantage of the Ontario Breast Screening Program at the hospital. Julie Dunn, left, is a mammography technician, and Karen Admiral, is OBSP secretary, at the hospital. Contributed photo

Norfolk General Hospital is encouraging women to take advantage of the Ontario Breast Screening Program at the hospital. Julie Dunn, left, is a mammography technician, and Karen Admiral, is OBSP secretary, at the hospital. Contributed photo

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It's no secret early detection of breast cancer can make a big difference in survival rates.

Yet according to Cancer Care Ontario only 63 per cent of women in this region are getting screened through the Ontario Breast Screening Program for early signs of breast cancer.

Norfolk General Hospital is using the opportunity of Breast Cancer Awareness Month to encourage women to participate in OBSP and make mammograms part of their regular medical care.

“It is important that women start screening with OBSP as soon as they are eligible and continue with routine mammograms every two years,” Steve Eagan, manager of diagnostic imaging at NGH, said in a media release.

The OBSP at NGH provides free screening mammograms to women aged 50 to 74 with no signs of breast cancer. Self-referrals can be made by calling the hospital at 519-426-4006.

More information about the program at NGH is available at www.ngh.on.ca under the 'Services' button.