Cancer Care Ontario's Screen for Life Coaches shift into gear
TORONTO, June 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Cancer Care Ontario is driving access to
cancer screening - literally - with the introduction of two new Screen
for Life coaches for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening.
On the road in the next few weeks, the new Screen for Life coaches are
capable of travelling to different communities in northern Ontario and
the Hamilton-area, bringing much needed services closer to home for
women who face barriers to screening.
Breast and colorectal screening services will be accessible to women
between the ages of 50 and 74, and cervical cancer screening services
will be available to women between the ages of 50 and 70.
The coaches are about the size of a Greyhound bus and are outfitted with
state-of-the-art digital mammography equipment, as well as trained
medical staff members that are able to perform Pap tests. The coaches
will also be handing out Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) kits, the
at-home test for colorectal cancer screening.
The northern Ontario coach will travel to remote areas, replacing a
previous mobile screening service that has been offering mammography in
the communities since 1992. It is operated by the Northwestern
Regional Cancer Program at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.
The Hamilton-area coach is new to the community and will serve three
priority areas, focusing on women who have cultural or social barriers
that prohibit them from discussing or participating in screening
initiatives with their primary care providers. It is operated by the
Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Cancer Program at Hamilton Health
"It's extremely important to think outside of the box when it comes to
health care services in Ontario. The diverse population and remote
areas mean that not everyone is accessing cancer screening services in
the same way," says Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term
Care. "I'm happy to see that Cancer Care Ontario has found a way to
bring these services to communities that need them."
"Regular cancer screening can detect cancer at an early stage before
symptoms develop, or detect changes that lead to cancer," says Michael
Sherar, president and CEO for Cancer Care Ontario. "This is why we are
reaching out to women in their communities to ensure they have equal
access to care."
"This is the first time cervical and colorectal cancer screening has
been offered in a mobile screening coach in Ontario," says Dr. Linda
Rabeneck, Vice President, Prevention and Cancer Control, Cancer Care
Ontario. "I'm proud that we have found an innovative way to expand our
program to reach more women who can benefit from cancer screening
The Screen for Life coaches will offer mammograms and FOBT kits for
women between the ages of 50 to 74. Pap tests are available to women
between 50 and 70.
The coaches are approximately 45 feet long, and can serve two patients at one time.
Research shows that regularly screening for breast, cervical and
colorectal cancer saves lives.
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.
Image with caption: "New Screen For Life coaches (CNW Group/Cancer Care Ontario)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130626_C3354_PHOTO_EN_28512.jpg
SOURCE: Cancer Care Ontario
For further information:
Cancer Care Ontario
Tori Gass, Senior Public Relations Advisor