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Screening Mammography Program (SMP) of BC

Please note, Screening Programs has launched a new website. To learn more about the Screening Mammography Program (SMP), visit

About the Screening Mammography Program

The Screening Mammography Program (SMP) began in 1988 through the BC Cancer Agency. Its goal is to reduce deaths from breast cancer through early detection. From time to time the Agency reviews the screening policy to ensure we are up-to-date with current evidence-based research findings. The screening policy is currently under review.

How the Program Works

  • Regular screening mammograms (breast x-rays) are available to B.C. women ages 40 and up who have no new breast problems. Click here for more information on eligibility.
  • Results are mailed to you and your health care provider.
  • Once in the program, you will receive mailed reminders when it is time for your next exam.
  • You can go to any SMP centre and your previous SMP mammogram is available for the radiologist for comparison.
  • About 7 per cent of women may need further tests.
  • Program follows the standards set by the Canadian Association of Radiologists - Mammography Accreditation Program (CAR-MAP).

Your Information

The Facts on Breast Screening

  • More facts on breast cancer screening can be found here.
  • Reasons why mammograms are important can be found here.

To learn more about SMP, visit