Province to invest in establishment of an integrated breast health centre (09/10/02)

NB 1482

Oct. 2, 2009

CAMPBELLTON (CNB) - The provincial government is investing $1.8 million in operational funding and another $1million for capital equipment over the next three fiscal years in support of the establishment of an integrated breast health centre within Regional Health Authority (RHA) A.

Health Minister Mary Schryer made the announcement today in Campbellton while addressing the third annual forum on breast cancer.

The centre, to be based at the Dr. Georges-L Dumont Regional Hospital in Moncton, will offer a multi-disciplinary breast health program, which will serve each of the zones within RHA A. It will offer a variety of services including: screening, diagnostic imaging (mammography, ultrasound, MRI), clinical testing, surgery and therapeutic services.

"To fight breast cancer, we must have a high-quality health-care system equipped to respond to the needs of those battling this disease," said Schryer. "Today's announcement will improve the New Brunswick Breast Cancer Screening Program and provide for timely access to diagnostic services and treatment that will better serve the needs of breast cancer patients."

In addition to the provincial investment, the Fondation Hôpital Dr-Georges-L.-Dumont will invest an estimated $3.1 million to support the acquisition of an MRI. It will be a complementary diagnostic tool for breast cancer, and it will help address diagnostic wait times for other conditions.

"Timely quality patient care is the main priority for Regional Health Authority A," said Aldéa Landry, board chair, RHA A. "This announcement undoubtedly supports our breast cancer initiatives by providing value-added services to current programs at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont Regional Hospital and our other health-care facilities.

"This one-stop centre will allow women to easily access our multidisciplinary team in an integrated innovative setting, assuring breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment. Regional Health Authority A is pleased to be a key stakeholder in this partnership."

Breast cancer is the most common cancer and the second-leading cause of death among women in New Brunswick.

Women between 50 and 69 have a higher risk of contracting breast cancer than women in other age groups. Regular breast cancer screening examinations (every two years) for women 50 to 69 is recommended to detect breast cancers as early as possible and to reduce mortality.


MEDIA CONTACTS: Sonya Gilks, communications, Department of Health, 506-453-2536; Lydia Dupéré, communications, Regional Health Authority A, 506-544-2342.