Mammography screening

Mammography screening

In our own words - breast cancer and mammography

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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
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Vol 14, No.2
Publisher: 
Women Healthsharing
Publication Date: 
1993
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

This article discusses the medical and ethical issues regarding the use of mammography, performed yearly on asymptomatic women, or undertaken for screening purposes on large numbers of women. 

 

The politics of breast cancer

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English
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
Author: 
Pam Bristol
Edition: 
Vol 12, No.4
Publisher: 
Women Healthsharing
Publication Date: 
1992
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

This article offers an in-depth look at breast cancer statistics and an analysis of the current struggle against it. Shares information about breast cancer research, available resources, fighting misconceptions and ongoing activism.  

 


 


If you have breast cancer ...

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English
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
Author: 
Connie Clement
Edition: 
Vol 8, No.3
Publisher: 
Women Healthsharing
Publication Date: 
1987
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

This article offers a guide to diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Discuses non-invasive diagnostic tests available, information on recovery and healing. 

Unpacking the great mammography debate

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English
Translated Title: 
Déballer le grand débat sur la mammographie
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Online
Author: 
Cornelia J. Baines
Edition: 
To the Point - Guest Column
Publisher: 
CWHN
Publication Date: 
2012

Discusses the debates about mammography screening, arguing that screening can often be unnecessary and have negative impacts. Notes that screening has not reduced incidence of advanced cancers, a prerequisite for successful screening.

Recommendations on screening for breast cancer in average-risk women aged 40–74 years

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The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care.
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Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ)
Publication Date: 
2011
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

New screening guidelines in Canada that state women aged 40–74 years with average risk for breast cancer do not need mammograms as often as thought, announced November 21, 2011 by The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care.

The new guidelines include these recommendations for Canada:
- women under age 50 who are at an average risk of developing breast cancer should not have routine mammograms
- clinical breast exams and self-exams have no benefit and shouldn’t be used
- women aged 50 to 69 who are at an average risk should have mammograms every two to three years, instead of every year or two
- women aged 70 to 74 who are at an average risk should have mammograms every two to three years (previous guidelines didn’t recommend screening for that age group)

The recommendations don’t apply to women with an elevated risk of breast cancer, such as those with a history of the disease in a first-degree relative or those with mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

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Includes bibliographical references.

Highlights of Breast cancer screening : women’s experience of awaiting a diagnosis

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Dépistage du cancer du sein : ce que vivent les femmes en attente d'un diagnostic
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Online
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Patricia Pineault
Lise Goulet
Isabelle Mimeault
Publisher: 
Réseau québécois d'action pour la santé des femmes
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Montreal, QC

Discusses a study done in 2003 of women in Montreal who were waiting the results of their breast cancer screening. All participants received abnormal mammographic screening results and had to undergo additional examinations before obtaining the final diagnosis received an evaluation questionnaire.

The conclusions of the RQASF’s evaluation coincide with other research on anxiety experienced by women during the breast cancer screening and investigation process. Of particular note is that while the support of family and friends comforts women, it does not significantly reduce the level of anxiety of participants in the screening program.Only early support from health professionals diminishes their anxiety and prevents it from continuing through the subsequent stages. The fundamental role of physicians in providing support to women was strikingly clear. Another major element is the close relationship between emotional and informational support.

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ISBN 2-923269-03-9
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Includes bibliographical references.

Mammography

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Health Canada

Discusses when to have a mammogram, what is a mammogram, what to expect, mammograms and radiation, minimizing the risk of breast cancer, and the government of Canada's role.

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Finding breast cancer early could save your life (Russian)

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Russian
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Manitoba Breast Screening Program
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Winnipeg, MB

Describes the Manitoba Breast Screening Program, what a woman can expect when she has a mammogram, how long she has to wait to get her results, and how to book an appointment, in Russian.

Finding breast cancer early could save your life (Urdu)

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Urdu
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Manitoba Breast Screening Program
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Winnpeg, MB

Describes the Manitoba Breast Screening Program, what a woman can expect when she has a mammogram, how long she has to wait to get her results, and how to book an appointment, in Urdu.

Finding breast cancer early could save your life (Farsi/Persian)

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Farsi/Persian
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Manitoba Breast Screening Program
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Winnipeg, MB

Describes the Manitoba Breast Screening Program, what a woman can expect when she has a mammogram, how long she has to wait to get her results, and how to book an appointment, in Farsi/Persian.

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