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Get a Mammogram

The Screening Mammography Program (SMP) provides free screening mammograms for eligible BC women age 40 and up.

While no referral is required, we recommend women between the ages of 40-49 and 75+ discuss the benefits and limitations of screening mammography with their doctors. A referral is required for women under age 40 who are at high risk of developing breast cancer*.

How to book your mammogram

  • Find a clinic in your community by searching the clinic locator 
  • Call the Screening Programs Client Services Centre at 1-800-663-9203 or 604-877-6187 or send us an email and a booking clerk will telephone you.
Please have your BC Services Card/CareCard and the name of your primary care provider available when you're booking your appointment. If you don't have a primary care provider, you can: 

A primary care provider is required for booking so appropriate follow-up can occur if needed. For booking purposes, a primary care provider includes a family doctor, nurse practitioner, naturopath or walk-in clinic.

High risk of developing breast cancer is defined as having a known BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation or prior chest wall radiation or strong family history of breast cancer.

Your questions

The BC Cancer Agency Screening Programs Client Services Centre is open Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and Saturday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. If you call us during business hours and can't get through, please leave a voicemail message and someone will call you back. In your message, leave your name, phone number and the best time to call you back so we can return your call. You can also send us an email and a booking clerk will contact you as per your directions.


SMP has a Punjabi phone line at 604-877-6163 on which you can leave a voicemail message for someone to return your call (calls are only returned on Fridays between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM). In addition, Chinese-speaking booking clerks are often available at 1-800-663-9203. If one is unavailable to take your call, you will be asked if someone can translate on your behalf, or to call back when translation assistance is available. You can also ask a family member or friend to help you with the call.


SMP is a BC government-funded program offered through the BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority.

Statistics are collected to monitor the program's performance and to improve our knowledge of breast disease in BC women. Personal information is collected under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).

Your information may be used and shared as authorized by the related Acts. We may ask your primary care provider or other organizations to give us information about you (e.g. copies of records or test results or to confirm your identity and personal health number). In particular, your information may be used:

  • To identify you and communicate with you about your health care to provide you with health services
  • To monitor the quality of our services and breast cancer trends in BC
  • For education and training
  • For research as permitted by FIPPA
Your identity is never disclosed without your prior consent, unless disclosure is required by law (e.g. court order, subpoena). We take all reasonable steps to ensure that your personal information is treated confidentially and is stored securely.

You may correct or request access to your personal information held by the BC Cancer Agency by contacting the SMP central office: 

Screening Mammography Program of BC
8th Floor, 686 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC  V5Z 1G1
Tel: 1-800-663-9203 (toll-free)
Fax: 604-660-3645
Screening mammograms are for women with no breast problems and are not considered urgent care. With 37 centres and 3 mobile services available in the province, most centres’ wait times are within a 6 week time frame. From time to time, some centres will become busier resulting in slightly longer wait times. 

If you are unable to have a screening mammogram appointment at an SMP centre or mobile service within 2 months with a travel time to the facility/service within 1 hour, contact your primary care provider. Your primary care provider can book a screening mammogram at any diagnostic facility and it will be billed to the Medical Services Plan of BC

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