The Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation tackles diagnostic delays

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Telephone line calls will be answered by women who have had breast cancer themselves. Photo: Pexels


(The Canadian Press) — Exasperated by the wait to obtain a breast cancer diagnosis, the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation is launching a pilot project to determine where the bottlenecks are, support women awaiting such a diagnosis and, to ultimately, reduce waiting times.

The foundation launched, Friday in Montreal, the Diagnostic Project, a telephone line for women who are in the process of pre-diagnosis, that is to say that breast cancer is suspected, but who are waiting to go to radiology. and biopsy in order to have a diagnosis and a treatment plan.

The President and CEO of the Foundation, Karine-Iseult Ippersiel, explained that Quebec is a Canadian dunce, despite a screening system recognized as one of the best in the country.

“In Quebec, a woman who suspects she has breast cancer or who has had an abnormal imaging test can sometimes wait up to 17 weeks before having her diagnosis. It’s huge. It’s way too much. Our province is ranked 10th among Canadian provinces in terms of waiting time for a diagnosis. “ (…)

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