July 21, 2010
SUSSEX (CNB) - The provincial government is providing financial support for a digital mammography unit at the Sussex Health Centre.
Health Minister Mary Schryer and officials from the Horizon Health Network made the announcement today.
"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. "I am pleased that the new digital mammography unit will allow for the expansion of breast cancer screening services, increase patient access, reduce wait times, and improve image quality."
The Department of Health is providing three annual installments of $56,000, totalling $168,000, to the Sussex Health Centre Foundation's fund-raising campaign to acquire the new unit. The goal is to have the unit operational in 2012. The centre is one of 16 breast cancer screening sites in the province.
"Early detection of breast cancer is a vital part of the successful treatment of the disease," said Donald J. Peters, president and chief executive officer, Horizon Health Network. "This new digital mammography unit will make high-quality images readily available, playing a key role in helping patients overcome breast cancer. Horizon Health Network is very grateful for the support of the Department of Health and the Sussex Health Centre Foundation in obtaining this piece of equipment."
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 developing breast cancer than women in other age groups. Screening is recommended every two years for these women.
"The foundation is very pleased be able to bring the new digital mammography unit to the Sussex Health Centre in the near future," said Anthonie de Hoog, president of the foundation. "We are delighted by the announcement made today by Minister Schryer, which will help us greatly in achieving our goal."
MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle Phillips, communications, Department of Health, 506-444-3821.