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Program operations

BreastCheck provides routine screening mammograms every 2 years for women age 50 and over. Women need to call to book an appointment. They do not need a referral from their doctor to this.

The following are ways in which we communicate with women and their primary care providers.

Letters of invitation

BreastCheck sends letters of invitation to women when they turn 50 years of age. Women do not need a letter to attend.

  • BreastCheck sends four invitations over the span of four to eight years. If, during this time, the woman does not contact BreastCheck, we will stop sending letters. However, the woman can decide at any time to participate in screening by contacting BreastCheck.

  • Surveys at BreastCheck have shown that primary care provider recommendation is one of the main reasons women comply with screening recommendations. To increase the screening rates in your clinic and to help address the screening needs of under-screened women in Manitoba, BreastCheck has created a Targeting Booking (pdf) process.

Result letters

BreastCheck sends result letters to women and their primary care providers within 2 weeks of the woman’s screening mammogram.

  • In the case of an abnormal result, BreastCheck will phone the client and schedule the first diagnostic appointment. This is followed up with a letter to both the client and the primary care provider confirming the appointment date and time.

Recall letters

BreastCheck sends recall letters to program participants every 2 years up to age 74 to remind them when it is time to book their next mammogram.

Some women are recalled yearly based on:

  • significant family related risk that considers number of diagnoses, age of diagnosis, and male breast cancer.

  • pathological diagnosis of Lobular Carcinoma In-situ (LCIS), Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia (ADH), or Atypical Lobular Hyperplasia (ALH).

  • radiologist recommendation.


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