breast cancer

Ontario Breast Cancer Screening Program

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers for women in Ontario. 1 in 9 women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in her lifetime.

People ages 50 to 74 have a lower risk of dying from breast cancer when they are screened regularly with mammograms. Screening can find breast cancers when they are small, less likely to have spread and more likely to be treated successfully.

Breast Cancer Screening for People with an Average Risk (no family or personal history of breast cancer)

Your age and family medical history helps determine when you should get screened.

If you are between 50 to 74 years of age, the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) recommends you have a mammogram every 2 years.

You do not need a referral from a doctor or nurse practitioner to schedule a mammogram. Call 1-800-668-9304 to schedule your  mammogram. You can also choose to call one of the Breast Screening Programs listed below.

Your mammogram may indicate that you have dense breasts. To learn about breast (chest) density, how you can find out your density, how density can affect your health and recommendations for screening (checking) your breast (chest) density visit: Cancer Care Ontario


Breast Cancer Screening Locations and Wait Times

Use the map or table below to find a breast cancer screening location close to you.  Click on the headers to sort by location, wait times, self-booking options, and more.

City Location Next Available Appointment (As of March 2024) Hours of Operation Phone Number Online Booking Additional
AjaxDurham Radiology Associates
95 Bayly Street West, Suite 101
Ajax, ON, L1S 7K8
1 Week or LessMonday to Friday :
9AM - 4PM
(905) 428-0444
AjaxLakeridge Health Ajax
580 Harwood Avenue S
Ajax, ON, L1S 2J4
10 WeeksMonday to Friday:
(905) 683-2320 x34717
AjaxRossland Diagnostic Clinic
300 Rossland Road East, Unit 102
Whitby, ON L1Z 0M1
1 WeekMonday to Thursday:
(905) 426-3111Book Here
BowmanvilleLakeridge Health Bowmanville
47 Liberty Street
Bowmanville, ON L1C 2N4
5 WeeksMonday to Wednesday, Friday: 8AM - 4PM
Thursday: 8AM - 8PM
(905) 623-3331 x34717
CampbellfordCampbellford Memorial Hospital
146 Oliver Road
Campbellford, ON K0L 1L0
1 WeekTuesday & Thursday:
8AM - 4PM
(705) 653-3104
CobourgNorthumberland Hills Hospital
1000 DePalma Drive
Cobourg, ON K9A 5W6
13 WeeksMonday to Friday:
(905) 377-7795
CourticeCourtice Imaging Centre
1450 Highway #2
Courtice, ON L1E 3C3
13 WeeksMonday to Friday:
8AM - 4PM
(905) 721-4932
LindsayRoss Memorial Hospital
10 Angeline Street North
Lindsay, ON K9V 4M8
17-22 WeeksMonday to Friday:
8AM - 4PM
(705) 328-6175Book Here
OshawaLakeridge Health Oshawa
1 Hospital Court
Oshawa, ON L1G 2B9
7 WeeksMonday to Friday:
7:30AM - 3:30PM
(905) 576-8711 x34717
OshawaOshawa Clinic Imaging Centre
117 King Street East
Oshawa, ON L1H 1B9
7 WeeksMonday to Friday:
(905) 721-3588
OshawaImpexxus Oshawa X-Ray & Ultrasound
11 Gibb Street
Oshawa, ON L1H 2J9
4 WeeksMonday & Thursday: 9AM-5PM(905) 579-1445Book Here
PickeringMyHealth Centre - Pickering
1105 Kingston Road, Suite D202
Pickering, ON L1V 1B5
4 WeeksMonday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM(905) 420-3068
PickeringPickering Diagnostic Imaging Centre
1885 Glenanna Road, Unit 106
Pickering, ON L1V 6R6
1 Week or LessMonday to Friday:
(905) 831-2255Book HereServices Available in English, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, and Bengali
PickeringWhites Road X-Ray & Ultrasound
1690 Dersan Street, Suite 130
Pickering, ON L1V 3N7
9 WeeksTuesdays & Fridays:
8AM - 4PM
(905) 839-1806
PeterboroughPeterborough Regional Health Centre
1 Hospital Drive
Peterborough, ON K9J 7C6
6 WeeksMonday to Friday:
(705) 740-8166
PeterboroughThe Medical Centre
707 Charlotte Street
Peterborough, ON K9J 7B3
6 WeeksMonday: 9AM-4PM
Tuesday: 8AM-4PM
Wednesday & Thursday:
Friday: 8:30AM-3PM
(705) 876-4505
Port HopeBluewater Imaging – Port Hope
249 Ontario Street
Suite 110
Port Hope, ON L1A 3Y9
1 Week or LessMonday to Friday:
(905) 885-9839
Port PerryPort Perry Imaging
462 Paxton Street
Port Perry, ON L9L 1L9
10 WeeksTuesday to Friday:
(905) 985-9727
ScarboroughEast End Breast Imaging
4002 Sheppard Ave E
Unit 204
Scarborough, ON M1S S6
1 Week or LessMonday to Friday:
(416) 299-9895
ScarboroughEllesmere X-Ray Associates
2880 Ellesmere Road
Scarborough, ON M1E 4B8
9 - 13 WeeksMonday & Wednesday: 9AM-3PM
Thursday & Friday: 8AM-4PM
(416) 284-1697
ScarboroughLighthouse Medical Imaging - Finch
4168 Finch Ave. East, LL04
Scarborough, ON M1S 4T7
4 WeeksMonday to Friday:
(416) 293-5940Book HereServices Available in Mandarin, Cantonese
ScarboroughQuantum Medical Imaging Services Inc.
Agincourt Professional Centre
2330 Kennedy Rd
Suite 402
Scarborough, ON M1T 0A2
13 WeeksMonday to Wednesday:
(416) 756-7667Services Available in Cantonese, Mandarin
ScarboroughScarborough Health Network - Birchmount
3030 Birchmount Road
Scarborough, ON M1W 3W3
6 WeeksWednesday & Thursday:
(416) 431-8167In-person interpretation services available in Cantonese, Mandarin, Tamil. Phone translation service available in 200+ languages.
ScarboroughScarborough Health Network - Centenary
2867 Ellesmere Rd
Scarborough, ON M1E 4B9
9 WeeksMonday to Friday:
(416) 431-8167In-person interpretation services available in Cantonese, Mandarin, Tamil. Phone translation service available in 200+ languages.
ScarboroughScarborough Health Network - General Site
3050 Lawrence Ave. East
Scarborough, ON M1P 2V5
11 WeeksMonday to Saturday: 7:30AM-5PM(416) 431-8167In-person interpretation services available in Cantonese, Mandarin, Tamil. Phone translation service available in 200+ languages.
ScarboroughScarborough Radiologists
3000 Lawrence Ave. East, Suite G03
Scarborough, ON M1P 2V2
1 WeekMonday to Friday:
(416) 438-6636Book Here
ScarboroughScarborough Women's Imaging Centre
2025 Midland Ave
Suite 200
Scarborough, ON M1P 3E2
1 Week or LessMonday & Wednesday: 9AM-3PM
Thursday & Friday: 8AM-4PM
(416) 296-1911Book Here
ScarboroughTrue North Imaging - Sheppard Diagnostic Imaging
1780 Markham Rd, Unit B6
Scarborough, ON M1B 2W2
3 WeeksMonday to Friday:
(416) 291-4770Book Here
ScarboroughVPM Imaging
520 Ellesmere Rd, Lower Level
Scarborough, ON M1R 4E6
2 WeeksMonday to Friday:
(416) 759-3462Book Here
UxbridgeOak Ridges Hospital – Uxbridge
4 Campbell Drive
Uxbridge, ON L9P 1S4
1 Week or LessMonday: 8:15AM - 3:30PM
Tuesday: 8:15AM - 3:30PM
Thursday: 8:15AM - 3:30PM
(905) 852-9771 x5249
WhitbyImpexxus Whitby Medical Arts Imaging
1615 Dundas Street East
Whitby, ON L1N 2L1
2 WeeksMonday to Friday: 9:15AM-4PM(905) 576-9729
WhitbyOntario Medical Imaging
Whitby Clinic X-Ray & Ultrasound
200 Brock Street North
Whitby, ON L1N 4H5
6 WeeksMonday, Thursday & Friday: 7AM - 2PM(905) 666-4206
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Breast Cancer Screening for People with a High Risk (Family or Personal History of Breast Cancer)

If you are between 30 to 69 years of age and meet any of the following requirements, talk to your healthcare provider about a referral to the High Risk Ontario Breast Screening Program:

  • You are known to have a gene change (mutation) that increases your risk for breast cancer (e.g., BRCA1, BRCA2, TP53, PTEN, CDH1).
  • You have a first-degree family member (parent, sibling or child) who has a gene mutation that increases their risk for breast cancer (example: BRCA1, BRCA2, TP53, PTEN, CDH1).
  • You have a personal or family history of breast, ovarian, prostate, or pancreatic cancer.
  • You have had radiation therapy to the chest to treat another cancer or condition (example: Hodgkin Lymphoma) before age 30 and at least 8 years ago.

Your healthcare provider will be able to help determine if you are eligible for the high-risk breast screening program or if your genetic testing is necessary to better understand your risk of developing breast cancer.

What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Limit the amount of alcohol you drink: If you regularly have 1 alcoholic drink every day you increase your risk of getting breast cancer by 10%. To reduce your risk of any cancer, it is better to not drink alcohol at all. There is no safe amount to drink when it comes to breast cancer risk. If you choose to drink alcohol, keep your risk as low as possible by having no more than 2 drinks of alcohol a week. The less alcohol you drink, the more you reduce your cancer risk.

Maintain a healthy body weight: A high body weight can increase your risk of some cancers. Working towards or keeping your best body weight can improve your overall health and reduce your risk of cancer.

Be physically active: Low levels of physical activity may increase your risk of some cancers. People of all body weights can benefit from physical activity. Physical activity has many health benefits, even without weight loss. Be physically active for at least 20 to 30 minutes each day, if possible. You can do this by completing 10 minutes of activity at a time. 

Talk to your family doctor or nurse practitioner about the benefits and risks of birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy: Taking birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy to help with symptoms of menopause may increase your risk of breast cancer. 

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Being pregnant and giving birth may lower your risk of getting breast cancer. Breastfeeding for 1 year or more may also lower your breast cancer risk.

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