Virginia Yule was 48 years old when a mammogram found a small tumour in her breast.

Yule’s doctor at the time decided to send her for the screening test. “They did find a small tumour. It was early. I had treatment options available to me,” said Yule, now executive director at Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada. “They would not have found it without the mammography.”

The breast cancer survivor is an enthusiastic supporter of Liberal MPP David Orazietti’s private member’s bill to expand the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) to women aged 40 to 49.

Currently, women aged 50 to 69 are the only ones eligible for the screening program without a doctor’s referral, and women in their 40s only have access to “ad hoc” mammography services, Orazietti told a news conference.

Orazietti (Sault Ste. Marie) has a history of getting private members’ bills through the House.

He introduced legislation to protect kids from second-hand smoke in cars in 2007.

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