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BC health authorities are using this, the 20th anniversary of the Provincial Cancer Agency’s, Screening Mammography Program, to launch a new push for better participation, in the North. Statistics show only 42 percent of the women in Northern BC, are going for screening mammograms, even though regular screening is estimated to reduce the BC death rate from breast cancer, by 24 percent. It is estimated that this year in BC, almost three thousand women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and, health officials are hoping to get northern mammogram participation up, to 70 percent. They note there are now 37 SMP fixed locations in the province and, three mobile services, covering another 150 communities. Women aged 40 to 79 can book an appointment for a free test, without a doctor’s referral, by simply calling a program centre. In the Peace there are centres in both Fort St. John and Dawson Creek and, the toll free number to call for either one is: 1-800-663-92-03.

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