Credit Valley Hospital

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Credit Valley Hospital to offer High Risk Breast Cancer Screening

Ontario is Expanding Life-Saving Screening for More Women

Ontario

News Release
June 27, 2011

Bob Delaney

Member of Provincial Parliament
Mississauga-Streetsville

 

MISSISSAUGA: Starting July 1, women at high risk for breast cancer will have access to services at the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) High Risk Screening Centre at Credit Valley Hospital (CVH).

The OBSP High Risk Screening Centre at CVH will provide women 30 to 69 years old at high risk of breast cancer with annual mammography and breast MRI screening as well as follow up services.

Women who think they may be at high risk can visit their doctor or nurse practitioner for a referral to the OBSP. Referrals will be based on specific criteria such as genetics, and family or medical history. Genetic centres across the province will provide the genetic services.

Expanding breast screening is based on the advice of clinical experts and best medical evidence. This move is part of the government's Open Ontario Plan to provide more access to health care services while improving quality and accountability for patients.


QUOTES

"Early detection is a key element in beating breast cancer. This OBSP High Risk Screening Centre at Credit Valley Hospital will help more women get that early detection."
- Mississauga-Streetsville MPP Bob Delaney

"I'm delighted that the Credit Valley Hospital has been chosen as a High Risk Screening Centre.
We look forward to providing timely and accessible services to women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer so that they have the best chance of beating this disease."
- Dr. Sheldon Fine, Chief of Oncology, CVH, and Regional Vice President of Cancer Care Ontario

QUICK FACTS

  • Credit Valley Hospital is one of the first 19 High Risk Screening Centres in the province
  • Women who are at high risk (less than one per cent of Ontario females) have a 25 per cent or greater lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Regular screening, combined with greater self-awareness and improvements in treatment, has been shown to save lives. In fact, deaths from breast cancer have been reduced by up to one third.
  • To date, the OBSP has provided over 3.6 million screens and detected more than 19,000 cancers, the majority in the early stages. These high risk centres will help to provide 90,000 more breast screens over the next three years.
  • Since October 2006, Ontario has funded 35 new cancer drug products, five of which are for breast cancer.

LEARN MORE


Read about the Ontario Breast Screening Program expansion:
http://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2011/05/ontario-breast-screening-program-expansion.html

Find out more about breast screening and the OBSP:
http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/breastcancer/


For more information contact:
Office of Bob Delaney, MPP
Mississauga-Streetsville
905-569-1643

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