Skip to main content
Press Releases
Oct 03, 2023

Media release: Headwaters Health Care Centre and Hills of Headwaters Collaborative Ontario Health Team support early breast cancer detection through the 2023 Mammothon

Orangeville, Ont. (October 3, 2023) - October is breast cancer awareness month and Headwaters Health Care Centre is supporting individuals through its 2023 Mammothon, a breast cancer screening marathon during October dedicated to booking more mammograms to help prevent breast cancer through early detection. 

Did you know that getting screened early will often lead to preventative cancer treatment? Hills of Headwaters Collaborative Ontario Health Team (HOHC OHT) has launched, a new website aimed at increasing the number of people can be screened for cancer in Dufferin and Caledon. Preventing cancer begins with early-stage detection through screening.

Every person with a Headwaters Health Care Centre screening mammography appointment scheduled during the month of October will be automatically entered to win a gift basket draw prize, filled with goodies from local, supporting businesses. Winners will be announced after November 1.

If you’re eligible, it’s as easy as scheduling a screening mammography at Headwaters – no referral needed. Book your screening mammogram during the 2023 Mammothon by calling Headwaters Health Care Centre Diagnostic Imaging (519) 941-2410 ext. 2842, open Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
As a certified Ontario Breast Assessment Centre, Headwaters Health Care Centre’s Breast Assessment program offers patients the complete circle of care in breast health, closer to home. From testing to diagnosis to treatment, patients are supported and cared for by dedicated health team of diagnostic imaging technologists, radiologists and surgeons through our Breast Diagnostic Assessment Program.


By increasing the number of people who get screened for breast cancer, we will be able to make a real difference in breast cancer prevention in our community. Getting screened early may find pre-cancerous cells that could become cancer if left untreated. Screening helps find breast cancer early, before it has spread, making it easier to treat.
Dr. Matthew Tenenbaum, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, and community partner, Hills of Headwaters Collaborative Ontario Health Team

Unfortunately, many of us know someone affected by breast cancer. With early detection and diagnosis available at Headwaters, we can save lives. The 2023 Mammothon gives our community a chance to focus on their health. As a certified Breast Assessment Centre, Headwaters is here for our community providing high-quality care and expertise close to home – during Breast Cancer Awareness month and every month of the year.
Dr. Grace Wang, Chief of Staff, Vice President, Medical Affairs and Surgeon

Facts about breast cancer and breast screening

  • Only 59% of women in Dufferin/Caledon are up-to-date with mammograms, and HOHC OHT is aiming to increase this to 63.5% in the next year.
  • Who is eligible for a mammogram?
    • Ontario residents (women, Two-Spirit, trans and nonbinary people ages 50 to 74), and persons with implants may be eligible for mammograms every one to two years based on medical and family history at an Ontario Breast Screening Program site, such as Headwaters Health Care Centre.
  • How to get checked for breast cancer
    • Get a mammogram, which is a highly effective screening test for breast cancer.
  • What is a mammogram?
    • A mammograph is an x-ray of the breast that can find abnormal changes in the breast, even when they may be too small to feel or see.
  • How do I book a mammogram?
    • Eligible participants can self-refer for a mammogram by calling the Ontario Breast Screening Program site where you had your last mammogram, or call Headwaters Health Care Centre to book your next mammogram (519) 941-2410 ext. 2842, open Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Hills of Headwaters Collaborative Ontario Health Team aims to increase cancer screening among all Dufferin/Caledon residents but will focus on key priority populations for Dufferin/Caledon based on data from Ontario Health.

During the pandemic, there was a decline in accessing preventive cancer screening – mammograms, PAP tests and colorectal tests – in populations eligible for free testing, resulting in identifying cancer at a later stage. HOHC OHT aims to bring cancer screening rates back to at least pre-pandemic levels.
For more information preventive cancer screening, who should get screened and where to get screened in Dufferin and Caledon, visit
Headwaters Health Care Centre is an innovative hospital located in Orangeville, Ont. dedicated to quality patient-centred care together with our community in Dufferin County-Caledon. In addition to providing acute and complex continuing care with a 24/7 Emergency Department, and extensive Ambulatory Care outpatient services, Headwaters is accredited with Exemplary Standing by Accreditation Canada, certified as a Breast Assessment Centre by the Ontario Breast Screening Program, and will be offering MRI services in the near future. Headwaters is also a proud partner in the Hills of Headwaters Collaborative Ontario Health Team. Learn more at and support the hospital at

Hills of Headwaters Collaborative Ontario Health Team (HOHC OHT) is a local partnership consisting of patients, physicians, health, social and municipal agencies with the shared purpose of creating one community, working together to improve the health and well-being of everyone who lives and provides care across Dufferin-Caledon since 2019. HOHC OHT was among the first 24 OHTs in the province to implement a new model of organizing and delivering health care. The OHT was the recipient of a Bright Lights Award from the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario in October 2021 in the category of ‘Demonstrating a Community Response During COVID-19 for going above and beyond to care for the community it serves.


Media contacts

Michelle Petch Gotuzzo
Communications and Marketing Specialist
Hills of Headwaters Collaborative Ontario Health Team
Valerie Lam-Bentley
Communications Specialist
Headwaters Health Care Centre
(519) 941-2410 ext. 2248