“Cancer touches so many of us”, said Dr. Simon Sutcliffe, BC Cancer Agency president. “With one in three British Columbians developing cancer in their lifetime, early detection and prevention must play an integral role in our cancer control strategy.”
“As October is breast cancer awareness month, the BC Cancer Agency would like to encourage Canucks fans to remind the special women – mothers, daughters, sisters, or friends - in their life that screening mammograms offer one of the best ways of finding breast cancer early, which means more treatment options and a better chance of recovery,” added Dr. Sutcliffe.
“We are very excited to be working with the BC Cancer Agency in promoting cancer awareness”, said Canucks President and CEO, Chris Zimmerman. “I am told that more than 20,000 British Columbians will be diagnosed with cancer this year. That’s more than enough people to fill every seat in General Motors Place.”
The Screening Mammography Program of B.C., established in 1988 through the BC Cancer Agency, offers free screening mammography to all B.C. women ages 40 to 79, without a doctor's referral. B.C. women can schedule appointments at one of 35 province-wide screening centres. Women living in areas without a screening centre can make use of the BC Cancer Agency’s mobile vans, which visit approximately 100 additional communities throughout BC at least twice a year. To book a free mammogram, call 604 660-3639 in the Lower Mainland or toll-free 1-800-663-9203 elsewhere in B.C.
The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing the mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life of those living with cancer. It provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia by working with community partners to deliver a range of oncology services, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care. The BC Cancer Foundation raises funds to support research and enhancements to patient care at the BC Cancer Agency.