Health Minister Terry Lake highlighted the importance of breast cancer screening today as he unveiled B.C.’s first new digital mobile mammography vehicle in front of the legislature.
“This announcement supports government’s Rural Health Strategy to guide access to needed health services and diagnostics when and where British Columbians need them most,” said Lake. “Providing screening mammography in rural and remote communities supports early detection, which is the best defence against cancer.”
The mobile coach is the first of three Screening Mammography Program vehicles in the province to transition to digital mammography, with the other two coaches planned for replacement in early 2016. The mobile unit visits the Gulf Islands, Central Vancouver Island including Tofino and Ucluelet, North Vancouver Island including Port Hardy and Port McNeill, as well as Bella Bella and Bella Coola annually.