October 23, 2017 (Brampton, ON) – Women in Brampton and surrounding areas have been provided more access to breast cancer screening with a newly accredited Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) site at William Osler Health System’s (Osler) Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.
The Ontario Breast Screening Program is a province-wide, organized breast screening program that provides high-quality breast cancer screening to two groups of women:
women aged 50 to 74 who are at average risk for breast cancer with mammography every two years
women aged 30 to 69 years who are identified as being at high risk for breast cancer with annual mammography and breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) screening
With the addition of this new Ontario Breast Screening Program site within the Mississauga Halton Central West Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), there are now a total of 32 accredited OBSP sites across both LHINs.
“We are pleased that Osler’s Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness has been recognized as an accredited Ontario Breast Screening Program site, particularly given the site’s unique focus on health, wellness and illness prevention”, said Kiki Ferrari, Interim Executive Vice President, Clinical Services. “With Peel Memorial as Osler’s third accredited Ontario Breast Screening Program site, we are now able to provide Osler’s community with increased access to this life-saving cancer screening service.”
As of July 2017, over 1.7 million women ages 50 to 74 had a mammogram through the OBSP, resulting in more than 6.8 million mammograms completed. Through these mammograms, more than 35,000 breast cancers were found, most of which were in early stages. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Ontario women. Research has shown that regular mammograms can find breast cancers when they are small, less likely to have spread and more likely to be treated successfully.
“Both of our LHINs face some of the lowest cancer screening rates in the province,” said Leslie Starr, Regional Vice President, Mississauga Halton Central West Regional Cancer Program and Vice President, Patient Care Services, Trillium Health Partners. “Through the Ontario Breast Screening Program’s coordinated screening services, we are working towards changing that. I congratulate Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness in becoming a fully accredited breast screening site, providing more access to high-quality breast screening services that are closer to home for our patients.”
To celebrate the newly accredited site, Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness hosted the official kick-off for its Mammothon today (Wednesday, October 18, 2017). Mammothon is a one-day breast screening campaign that encourages women 50-74 who have not had a mammogram in the last 2 years to get checked. Visit www.mammothon.ca for more information.
About William Osler Health System
William Osler Health System is a hospital system that serves 1.3 million residents of Brampton, Etobicoke, and surrounding communities within the Central West Local Health Integration Network. Osler’s emergency departments are among the busiest in Canada and its labour and delivery program is one of the largest in the province. William Osler Health System Foundation builds and fosters relationships in order to raise funds to support William Osler Health System’s capital, education and research priorities at Brampton Civic Hospital, Etobicoke General Hospital and the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health & Wellness.
About the Mississauga Halton Central West Regional Cancer Program
The Mississauga Halton Central West (MHCW) Regional Cancer Program oversees the delivery and quality of cancer services for residents of both the Central West and Mississauga Halton regions. The MHCW Regional Cancer Program is one of 13 Regional Cancer Programs created by Cancer Care Ontario to ensure cancer care is delivered according to province-wide quality standards. Visit www.mhcwcancer.ca