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Update on Breast Screening Age Requirements

Public Service AnnouncementsProvincial
Posted: May 16, 2024

Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) Health Services welcomes the news by the Provincial Government on May 14, 2024 announcing changes to the age requirements for breast cancer screening. This is good news for patients and we are pleased to provide an update on how this change will be operationalized within the health-care system.

At this time, the current age requirements to access breast screening remain at age 50-74. NL Health Services’ Cancer Care Program is working with the Department of Health and Community Services to ensure the proper resources are in place to accommodate the change and additional patients. Further details, such as the date the change becomes effective, will be provided as more information becomes available.

While the health authority works to operationalize this change, individuals in Newfoundland and Labrador age 40 – 49 who feel they may need breast screening, are encouraged to discuss their breast health and options with their primary care provider. In the absence of a primary care provider, residents of NL are advised to register with PatientConnectNL. Neighbourhood walk-in clinics, as well as virtual health options, remain available to assist with discussions about breast health, depending on the zone and area of residence.

NL Health Services thanks the public for their understanding during this time of transition.








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