Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Oct 1 - Oct 31


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a time to reflect on those we’ve lost, a time to honour all the warriors and a time to get screened.

95.9 CHFM and Mayfair Diagnostics are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month by providing you with education surrounding this disease.

Everyday, 6 Albertans are diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Breast cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death among Canadian women. 1 in 8 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

Potential years of life lost (PYLL) is the number of years of life lost when a person dies prematurely from any cause, based on their life expectancy. Breast cancer in females in 2012 had the third highest number of potential years of life lost at 7,876.

Let’s work together to create a world where no Canadian fears breast cancer.

Because of investments in cancer control, including prevention, early detection and treatment, the overall cancer survival rate in earlier stages (I & II) will receive less invasive treatment and have better survival. More than 80% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed in stages I and II. Three year relative survival for stage I and II is 100% and 98%, respectively. Since breast cancer is the most common cancer in Albertan females and survival is good; it is the most prevalent type of cancer in females.

The best way to beat Breast Cancer is earlier detection via mammogram. Mayfair Diagnostics recommends that you have a mammogram every year from age 40 to 49. Between ages 50-75, they recommend a mammogram every two years, unless you have pain or concerns with your breasts, or if you have spoken with your doctor and your medical history suggests a mammogram each year is beneficial.


As part of the Alberta Breast Screening program, women 50 years and older don’t need a referral from a doctor to have a screening mammogram.


Mammograms – Screening for Breast Cancer:

What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is a type of X-ray image that provides a detailed look at the internal structure of breast tissue to reveal changes that are too small to be felt. If you wait until you feel pain or notice something different about your breasts, the breast cancer might be bigger and harder to fight.


Is it safe?

In most cases, the benefits of a mammogram, such as the early detection of a serious illness, outweigh the small increased risk from radiation exposure.


Will it hurt?

Compression during a mammogram is necessary to get the clearest image of breast tissue, although there may be a short interval of discomfort. A couple of things that could factor into if there is a painful experience:

  • If the machine is not in the right position (to high or to low)
  • Anyone with fibrocystic breasts (harmless cysts) will likely experience more pain

Talk with your technician about any extreme discomfort, and she will be able to help.


How long does it take?

A mammogram is approximately 20 – 30 min long.


Where can I get one?

Chat with your doctor then make an appointment at a screening centre such as Mayfair Diagnostics


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All of the above information was taken from Alberta Health Services, and Mayfair Diagnostics. 

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