By:  Monica Kucharski

Let’s just say it:  it’s not fun.  Most women would rather go for a double root canal than for a mammogram.  But root canals don’t save lives; mammograms do.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Ontario women.  It also has one of the highest survival rates— if detected early.  And it’s that “if” that’s led to the creation of the “Mammothon.”

Mammothon is a community-driven breast screening event.  Created at the Ontario Breast Screening Programs (OBSP) London site in 2007, the initiative was originally called “Fifty/50” — the name reflecting its aim to screen 50 women over the age of 50 who have never had a mammogram.  The event has grown and evolved since then, to a week’s long campaign across Ontario, involving thousands of women.

In Mississauga, The Mississauga Halton Central West Regional Cancer Program is hosting Mammothon 2018 the week of October 22 to October 25.

Women ages 50-74 who have not had a mammogram in the last two years are invited to take part in this breast screening.  Participants must have no personal history of breast cancer and no current breast abnormalities to be eligible for this free breast screening. A doctor’s referral is not required.

The first step is easy.  You can call the OBSP’s toll-free number at 1-800-668-9304 to find the most convenient OBSP mammogram imaging site for you, or you can contact directly one of the Mississauga locations listed below, to get an appointment for the days indicated.

The second step might not be as easy—showing up and putting up with some uncomfortable squeezing of your chest for a few minutes—but it just might be a critical step that could potentially save your life.

Here are all the OBSP mammogram imaging sites in Mississauga participating in the Mammothon, along with the dates on which they are performing breast screening:

All Week

Trillium Health Partners – Mississauga Hospital
100 The Queensway
Mississauga L5B 1B8    416-521-4069

Wednesday, Oct 24 

Mississauga Diagnostic Imaging – Insight
801 Dundas Street East
Mississauga L4Y 4G9      905-897-9711

My Health Centre – Credit Valley
2300 Eglinton Ave W, Suite G02
Mississauga L5M 2V8     905-828-0653

Ontario Diagnostic Centre – 71 King
71 King Street W, Suite#102
Mississauga L5B 4A2    905-897-1144

Thursday, October 25

Apple-Med X-Ray and Ultrasound
1077 North Service Road, Suite 208a
Mississauga, L4Y 1A6     905-566-1548

Friday, October 26

Trillium Health Partners – Credit Valley Hospital
2200 Eglinton Avenue West
Mississauga L5M 2N1     905-813-2731

For more information please click here:  https://mammothon.ca/