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Breast screening challenge a hit

“A terrific response by women in Northwestern Ontario” is how organizers of Friday’s Breast Screening Challenge described the day.

As of 8 p.m. on Friday, 122 women received a mammogram and became new clients with the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP).

“We are absolutely delighted by the number of new clients who are now part of the Ontario Breast Screening Program,” said Lori Della Vedova, manager of screening programs at Regional Cancer Care.

“The OBSP office phone was very steady as new clients were registered all day long across the region,” she noted.

“We came close to our ambitious goal of 150.

“We congratulate all the screening sites involved in Thunder Bay and across the region in Kenora and Fort Frances,” added Vedova.

“Special thanks to all the women who took time out of their busy day to participate in this challenge.”

If you are eligible to join the Ontario Breast Screening Program, but did not participate in the 2011 Breast Screening Challenge, the OBSP is encouraging all women aged 50 and over to join the program at any time.

To make an appointment with the OBSP, call toll-free number 1-800-461-7031.

The Breast Screening Challenge is held annually to encourage women aged 50 and over to join the OBSP.

The goal was to offer breast screening mammograms to more than 150 new clients in one day.

 Appointments were held at four locations:

•CML Imaging at the Port Arthur Health Centre;

•The Linda Buchan Centre at TBRHSC;

•Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. in Fort Frances; and

•Lake of the Woods District Hospital in Kenora.

Two drop-in screening sites also were held at:

•OBSP Mobile Coach at Intercity Shopping Centre; and

•CML Imaging at the Port Arthur Health Centre.

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