Getting a mammogram is free for people who live in Ontario. There are two ways to book a mammogram:
If you aren’t eligible for the Ontario Breast Screening Program, you can still get a mammogram by getting a referral from your primary healthcare provider.
If you don’t have a family doctor or nurse practitioner, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 TTY: 1-866-797-0007 or Healthcare Connections at 1-800-445-1822 to help you find one. To find a trans-friendly healthcare provider, visit the Rainbow Health Ontario provider directory.
To ensure that you get a good-quality mammogram, make sure that the screening site you’re visiting has been accredited by the Canadian Association of Radiologists’ Mammography Accreditation Program by visiting car.ca. Or call the Canadian Cancer Society Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333.
The Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) provides high-quality *chest cancer screening for people who are at both average and high risk for developing chest cancer. Getting a mammogram through OBSP has many advantages:
If you’re at average risk, you’re eligible for OBSP screening if you:
The OBSP also has a high-risk screening program for people between the ages of 30 and 69 who have a referral from their physician. You may be eligible for the high-risk program if you have no acute symptoms (for example, a lump, abnormal discharge) and you fall into one or more of the following risk categories:
You can book a mammogram yourself by contacting an OBSP site directly. Find the nearest screening facility that meets your access needs. Or you can call their toll-free line at 1-800-668-9304 and send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*A note on terminology: In the trans men sections of this website, we refer to cancer in chest tissue as cancer of the chest, and to the tissue itself as chest tissue. This is because we recognize that many trans men and people on the transmasculine spectrum do not identify as having breasts, feel ambivalent about having breasts and prefer the term “chest” on its own. Although we use this terminology where appropriate, we also recognize the fact that some trans men do have breasts.