New report shows Ontario women are benefitting from screening with MRI
TORONTO, Oct. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Women in Ontario with a higher risk of
developing breast cancer are seeing their cancers caught earlier, shows
a new report from Cancer Care Ontario's Ontario Breast Screening
The latest report from the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP)
includes results from the screening program for women identified as
being at high risk for breast cancer.
Since 2011, more than 2,200 women have been screened as part of the high
risk program and 35 breast cancers were detected (about 16 cancers per
1,000 women). In comparison, detection rates for the general population
average between 3 and 4 cancers per 1,000 women.
"The addition of MRI to routine mammography has proven invaluable in
cancer detection for these patients." says Dr. Derek Muradali,
Radiologist in Chief with Cancer Care Ontario. "One of the cornerstones
of the program centers on the ability to navigate these women through
an often complicated path involving genetic testing, counseling, follow
up tests and biopsies. This is the first organized High Risk screening
program in the world, and the increased cancer detection rate shows
that the model is a successful one. I foresee the program as forming
the basis for developing other high risk screening programs
Breast cancer is the most common cancer afflicting Canadian women,
affecting 1 in 9 women in their lifetime. However, less than 1 per cent
of women in the general population are at high risk for breast cancer.
Women are considered to be at high risk for the disease if they meet
specific criteria, including being a known gene mutation carrier (e.g.,
BRCA 1 or BRCA 1). (Click here for a full list of high risk criteria)
To help raise awareness of the importance of breast cancer screening,
Dr. Muradali will be hosting a live Twitter chat to answer questions
about breast cancer screening in Ontario on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.
To follow along and ask your questions, tweet your question to @CancerCare_ON with the hashtag #OBSPchat between 12pm and 2 p.m.
Women confirmed to be at high risk for breast cancer are recommended to
have yearly mammograms and breast MRIs between the ages of 30 to 69
Women at average risk for breast cancer are recommended to have a
mammogram every two years between the ages of 50 to74
The OBSP was launched in 1990; the OBSP high risk screening program
began in July 2011
Approximately 34,000 women (aged 30 to 69 years) in Ontario are at high
risk for breast cancer
Genetic assessment (i.e. counselling and testing, if appropriate) is
available to women with a referral from a physician, sent either
directly to the genetics clinic or via the OBSP for women aged 30 to 69
To find out when you should start screening for cancer, or to encourage
friends and family to get themselves checked, visit the Time to Screen
Tool at: www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/cancer/.
To find an OBSP site, call 1-800-668-9304 or www.cancercare.on.ca/breastscreening/locations.
About Cancer Care Ontario
Cancer Care Ontario - an Ontario government agency - drives quality and
continuous improvement in disease prevention and screening, the
delivery of care and the patient experience, for cancer, chronic kidney
disease and access to care for key health services. Known for its
innovation and results-driven approaches, CCO leads multi-year system
planning, contracts for services with hospitals and providers, develops
and deploys information systems, establishes guidelines and standards
and tracks performance targets to ensure system-wide improvements in
cancer, chronic kidney disease and access to care.
SOURCE: Cancer Care Ontario
For further information:
Cancer Care Ontario
416-971-9800 x 2532