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N.B. expanding self-referral mammogram program

By Regis Phillips Jun 3, 2024 | 4:55 AM

The provincial government has expanded the age gap for its self-referral mammogram program.

Women aged 40 to 49 can now self-refer for breast cancer screening as of Monday.

“We are working to expand access to healthcare services, and this positive change will benefit patients in this province. Mammography self-referral for this younger age group is one more concrete step to improve the health of New Brunswickers,” said Health Minister Bruce Fitch.

Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among women in Canada.

While it is not as common in younger, premenopausal people, it can be more aggressive, and officials say early detection is critical in these cases to increase the chances of survival.

Kathy Kaufield, a breast cancer survivor from Quispamsis and longtime advocate for improved breast screening, gave her thanks to the New Brunswick government.

“Not only will individuals in their 40s now have the opportunity to get screened, but they will also now have access to their breast density category, which will empower them to make informed decisions about their breast health going forward,” said Kaufield.

Women aged 50 to 74 are already able to self-refer for this screening.

Eligible residents with no signs, symptoms, or previous diagnosis of breast cancer will be able to self-refer by contacting one of the screening sites in their area.

More information on the cancer screening program is available online or by calling 1-844-777-3443.