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August 18, 2021

The Clara Bus will complete its 2021 tour of Eeyou Istchee in Nemaska and Waskaganish in September. Clara Bus offers mobile breast cancer screening for eligible women 50 – 69 years old.


The 2021 Clara Bus breast cancer screening campaign successfully toured in Eastmain, Wemindji, Chisasibi and Whapmagoostui in March, and visited Mistissini, Waswanipi, and Ouje-Bougoumou in June. Final stop – Nemaska and Waskaganish.


Cancer screening on the Clara Bus made a world of difference to Victoria Pepabano.

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The Clara Bus mobile mammogram unit, operated by the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), has been serving remote areas of the by road since 2002. Eeyou Istchee has been part of the program since 2005. On average, more than 700 women in Eeyou Istchee have a mammogram on the Clara Bus, which is one of the best early detection methods for breast cancer.

Breast cancer screening is by appointment only. Every 2 years, women aged 50 – 69 receive a letter from the Public Health Department of Cree Health Board, inviting them to be screened for breast cancer. These women will be able to call their local Chishaayiyuu CHRs to schedule an appointment.

Irene Chu

“This makes the service much more accessible, since we don’t have any mammography machines in the area. The setup is exactly the same as at other hospitals and clinics across Canada.”

– Irene Chu, CBHSSJB Nurse Counsellor for Chronic Diseases


Breast cancer screening is a personal choice and there are both pros and cons to be aware of. To learn more, please contact your local Chishaayiyuu CHR.

This year’s tour is especially important given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. By having the option to be screened in their home community, women will not need to travel off-territory for screening. This reduces travel and the potential need to quarantine upon returning home from a screening appointment. All COVID-19 precautionary measures will be followed to keep everyone safe.

Important improvements have also been made to ensure the best possible experience in this year’s screening tour. Women will have longer appointment slots and more time with the technicians to ensure they understand what is going on and can feel comfortable. Cree CHRs conduct medical questionnaires with the women and can accompany them on the bus or offer translation services if needed.

The Public Health Department of the Cree Health Board recommends that all eligible women between ages 50-69 be screened about every 2 years. If you are between the ages of 35 and 49 and have a family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer, ask your doctor about the best screening options for you.

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Promotion of this year’s tour is in proud partnership with the Cree Women of Eeyou Istchee Association (CWEIA).

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A mammogram machine takes X-ray images of different angles of your breast to screen for breast cancer.

Breast cancer screening (mammography) checks for cancer in your breast before you or your doctor notice anything wrong.

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