Begin breast cancer screening at age 40, Canadian Cancer Society urges – GLOBAL

May 9, 2024

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is urging all provinces and territories to begin breast cancer screening at age 40 for those at average risk of the disease, ahead of a national guideline update set for later in May.

The current national guideline set by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) is to begin breast cancer screening at age 50.

“Over the last several years, there has been a groundswell of support for screening to begin at a younger age and for a more inclusive system – one that empowers people between the ages of 40 and 49, no matter where they live, to access screening without barriers,” Dr. Sandra Krueckl, Executive Vice
President, Mission, Information and Support Services at CCS said in a statement Thursday.

“Lowering the starting age is an important step, allowing more breast cancers to be found earlier when treatment is likely to be more successful.”

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