Over 25,000 women in rural Alberta will access the most leading-edge screening technology, thanks to the Alberta Cancer Foundation (ACF)’s contribution of $11 million towards units and screening facilities.
“It has taken us three years to raise the money for breast cancer,” ACF CEO Linda Mickelson told Metro yesterday.
While the number of diagnosed breast cancer cases have increased, breast cancer death rates have declined more than 30 per cent in Alberta since 1989, said a release.
Experts believe regular screening can detect cancer about two years before a tumour can be felt when it is in its earliest and treatable stage. The screening trailers will visit 100 rural areas throughout Alberta.