Women age 50 and over
St. Joseph’s Hospital is an affiliate site of the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP), providing routine screening mammography to women age 50 and over. (Please note, there are several OBSP sites in London).
The OBSP is a program of Cancer Care Ontario. Women with or without a family physician can be screened through the OBSP at any of 160 locations in the province. Women can book their own appointments and are reminded by letter when they are due for their next screen.
Regular breast screening can find cancer when it is small, which means:
- There is a better chance of treating the cancer successfully.
- It is less likely to spread.
- There may be more treatment options.
- Finding cancer early is important. Breast screening and better treatments are helping to reduce deaths from cancer.
In addition to St. Joseph’s Hospital, there are various community OBSP sites in the London area. Appointments are made by calling directly to the location of your choice:
- St. Joseph’s Hospital (Diagnostic Imaging Centre)
268 Grosvenor Street, London, ON
- CML Healthcare Inc.
279 Wharncliffe Rd. N, Suite 111, London, ON
- London X-Ray Associates
105-595 Bradley Avenue, London, ON
- London X-Ray Associates
104-450 Central Avenue, London, ON
New location for routine breast screening at St. Joseph's
As of July 31, 2017, women coming to St. Joseph’s Hospital for routine breast screening through the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) should go to the Diagnostic Imaging Centre, Zone C, Level 0 (just off the Cheapside entrance lobby) for their appointment.
In the past, those coming for routine screening went to the Breast Care Centre at the hospital. The mammography appointment will now take place in the Diagnostic Imaging Centre where a designated OBSP location has been created. Signs will direct patients. This move will allow St. Joseph’s to expand service in the Breast Care Centre for higher risk patients and those with a breast abnormality.
Women under age 50
Routine breast screening mammography for women under age 50 requires a referral from a physician.
High Risk Breast Screening
On July 1, 2011, the OBSP expanded services to include screening of women aged 30 to 69 at high risk of developing breast cancer. St. Joseph's Breast Care Centre is an OBSP affiliate for high risk breast screening. Women who think they may be at high risk should visit their family doctor for a referral to the OBSP. Referrals will be based on specific criteria, such as genetics and a family or medical history.