Poor and immigrant women less sensitized to need for mammograms — Canadian Cancer Society

Suzie Lamoureux (left) and Marie-Claude Barrette hold “Mémo-mamo” keyrings illustrating the size of the lesions detected with a mammogram compared to a self-examination. Photo: Canadian Cancer Society

(Canadian Press) — At the launch of its 11th ‘Memo-mamo’ fundraising campaign on Saturday, the Canadian Cancer Society is paying special attention to poor, immigrant women who are vastly underrepresented among those who undergo a periodic breast cancer screening test.

People in their 50s and 60s are encouraged to have a mammogram every two years to quickly detect breast cancer, which is the most common and the second deadliest form of cancer among women.

However, more than one-third of Quebec women aged 50 to 69 do not participate in the Quebec Breast Cancer Screening Program (PQDCS), whose letters are used as prescriptions to make free appointments for mammograms, without going through a doctor.

In Montreal, the ratio is one in two women, which prompted the Canadian Cancer Society to focus on the language barrier, lack of literacy and other barriers in its awareness messages. (…)

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