Screen Test is a service provided by Alberta Health Services (AHS) that offers screening mammograms through 2 mobile screening units, as well as 2 clinics, 1 in Edmonton and 1 in Calgary. The mobile screening units travel to 120 communities throughout Alberta, providing breast cancer screening where women live.
Screen Test is part of the Alberta Breast Cancer Screening Program in AHS and is accredited by the Canadian Association of Radiologists-Mammography Accreditation Program and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.
Who can get a Screen Test mammogram?
If you’re 50 to 74 years of age, start making mammograms part of your regular health routine. The risk (chance) of breast cancer increases as you get older. Screening mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when treatment may work better – getting a mammogram can save your life.
Follow these guidelines to know when to get screened:
Women younger than 40: The risk of breast cancer at this age is low. Generally, screening mammograms aren’t needed before the age of 40. Talk to your healthcare provider if you’re concerned about your risk of breast cancer.
Women 40 to 49: It’s less clear that the benefits of mammograms outweigh the risks for women in this age group. Talk to your healthcare provider about your breast cancer risk and your need for mammograms. A referral is needed to book an appointment.
Women 50 to 74: Breast cancer screening is proven to have the most benefit within this age range. Have a mammogram every two years or as decided by you and your healthcare provider. You do not need a referral to book a screening mammogram.
Women 75 and older: The benefits of continuing to screen once you turn 75 depend on your personal health (how healthy you are overall). Talk to your healthcare provider about whether or not continuing to have mammograms is right for you. A referral is needed to book an appointment.
Talk to your healthcare provider if you have concerns or questions about your breast health.
Where is Screen Test located?
Screen Test mobile screening units travel to 120 communities throughout Alberta