Ontario Breast Screening Program
Accessing this Service:
Your physician can refer you to the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) or you can make your own appointment and you may be required to bring in a filled Mammography requisition form. Click here to continue to our Forms page to obtain this document.
Woodstock Hospital is an affiliate site of the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP).
The OBSP is a province-wide, organized cancer screening program that provides high-quality breast cancer screening throughout Ontario.
The program provides:
- Screening Mammography at a Canadian Association of Radiologist (CAR) accredited facility
- Automatic reminders to return in one or two years
- Screening results sent to both patient and their physician
- The ability to self-refer to the program
OBSP recommends that women between the ages of 50-74 have a screening mammogram every 1-2 years. Women ages 30-69 who are confirmed to be a high risk of developing breast cancer can be screened once a year with a Mammogram and breast MRI.
Women can be determined high risk if they have a referral from their physician and fall into the following risk categories:
- Are known to have a gene mutation that increases their risk for breast cancer (e.g., BRCA1, BRCA2, TP53, PTEN, CDH1)
- Are first-degree relatives (parent, brother, sister or child) of someone who has a gene mutation that increases their risk for breast cancer (e.g., BRCA1, BRCA2, TP53, PTEN, CDH1), have already had genetic counselling and have chosen not to have genetic testing
- Have been assessed at a genetics clinic (using the IBIS or BOADICEA tools) as having a 25% or greater lifetime risk of breast cancer based on personal and family history
- Have a personal or family history of breast or ovarian cancer
- Have had radiation therapy to the chest to treat another cancer or condition (e.g., Hodgkin lymphoma) before age 30 and at least 8 years ago