Not enough women get mammograms: health department
Montreal's public health department is reminding women to get regular mammograms — especially if they're over 50.
The department, along with representatatives from Montreal's cultural communities, have launched an updated screening program for breast cancer which gives Quebec women over 50 free screenings every two years.
Dr. Richard Massé, the head of the public health department, says more women should take this opportunity, because early detection is key.
"For the very early stages of breast cancer, we have a [cure rate of] up to 88 percent over five years," Dr. Massé says. "So it's really important. We need to get it early."
The program's documents will be translated into several languages, to make sure women get the message.