Breast Cancer Screening

In Estrie and throughout Quebec, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women.

Mammography: An Effective Screening Test

The mammogram is the only recognized screening test that can lower the number of deaths from breast cancer. That’s why the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux created the Quebec Breast Cancer Screening Program (PQDCS).

This program offers a mammogram to women aged 50 to 69 years. Every two years, you will receive a letter inviting you to get a mammogram at one of the designated screening centres in their territory. This letter has the same value as a prescription for an examination.

Women 49 or younger

To have a screening mammogram, you must get a prescription from your doctor or your SNP.

Women from 50 to 69 years old

Did you receive a letter of invitation? Book your appointment now at one of the five designated screening centres!This link will pop up in a new window.!

You haven't received a letter and you are noticing changes in your breasts? Contact your family doctor or specialized nurse practitioner (SNP) to let them know.

Women aged 70 and over 

Women aged 70 to 74 with no health problems limiting life expectancy to less than 10 years can take part in screening (outside the PQDCS). To do so, they must discuss the matter with a health professional and obtain a medical prescription.

There may be a longer wait time before having your mammogram. You can find out more at

Advantages and Disadvantages

Women's participation in breast-cancer screening is voluntary. To help you make an informed decision about all aspects of screening mammography, including the advantages and disadvantages, visit Advantages, Disadvantages, and Limitations of Mammography.

Support services

You can discuss your concerns or address your questions to the staff at the regional services coordination centre of the Quebec Breast Cancer Screening Program. Ask us your questions 1 844 233-SEIN (7346) toll-free