Manitoba women deserve access to the newest standard of screening technology to help ensure the early detection and treatment of breast cancer; unfortunately that is not the case under the current NDP government.
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation encourages women to be screened using digital mammography. While other provinces embraced this technology years ago, our Health Minister has allowed Manitoba to fall significantly behind.
“CancerCare Manitoba has been asking for digital machines since 2009, yet five years later we are the only province without digital mammography in our public healthcare system,” Myrna Driedger, PC Critic for Health.
Because breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Canadian women, there is absolutely no excuse for Manitoba to be dead last when it comes to providing early detection of breast cancer.
“If all other provinces have been able to provide this new standard of screening, excuses year after year from the Minister of Health is simply unacceptable,” Myrna Driedger, PC Critic for Health.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; sadly the NDP government is failing Manitoba women when it comes to early detection of breast cancer.