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CancerCare Manitoba employees prepare equipment for a BreastCheck mobile clinic.

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Appointments are available for a mobile breast screening clinic in St. Eustache from Tues., April 15 to Thurs., April 17.

CancerCare Manitoba BreastCheck program development and education manager Kristin Bergen said women aged 50 to 74 years in the St. Eustache can call 1-800-903-9290 to book a screening.

According to information on the BreastCheck web site, research shows that having a mammogram once every two years can lower the risk of breast cancer deaths for women in this age group by 25 per cent.

"It’s the best way to detect cancer early," Bergen said.

To help women achieve this two-year guideline, Bergen said, CancerCare
Manitoba arranges for mobile clinics to be held in rural communities on a regular two-year basis. The St. Eustache clinic will be located in St. Eustache Manor, 248 Provincial Rd.

Bergen said an appointment usually takes about 30 minutes. Approximately 95 per cent of mammograms show normal results and letters are sent to the patient and her doctor indicating this.

"If there is a need for further investigation, we will call them," she said.
While the two-year screening is important, Bergen said, she advises that women also monitor their breast health between screenings, and contact their doctor if they find anything unusual.

More information is available at
www.cancercare.mb.ca/breastcheck

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