The new name supports the promotion of cancer screening under a consistent BC Cancer Screening banner: together with BC Cancer Colon Screening and BC Cancer Cervix Screening, BC Cancer Breast Screening’s program name reflects the area of the body that is being screened for cancer and not the type of test that is used for screening.
The new name is also forward-looking. Based on current evidence, mammography remains the most effective population-based screening method for early detection of breast cancer. However, as cancer screening technologies as well as understanding around cancer and cancer risks continue to evolve, there may be a future point in time whereby breast cancer screening may include new innovative tests and technologies.
“The new name – BC Cancer Breast Screening – allows us to directly emphasize the intention of the program to eligible populations in British Columbia,” said Dr. Colin Mar, Medical Director of BC Cancer Breast Screening. “Early detection of breast cancer through screening leads to better treatment options and health outcomes.”
BC Cancer Breast Screening’s delivery of service is unaffected by the name change. The program’s breast cancer screening guidelines and operations have not changed.
“BC Cancer Breast Screening remains committed to providing access to high-quality screening mammography services for eligible women in BC,” said Janette Sam, Operations Director of BC Cancer Breast Screening. “The program will continue its three decades-long focus on patient satisfaction and quality improvement to create a positive impact on the breast health of BC women.”
BC Cancer Breast Screening provides free screening mammograms to BC women ages 40 and older without the need for a doctor’s referral. The program operates 36 fixed screening centres and 3 mobile digital mammography vehicles that provide screening to rural and remote communities across the province.