BC Cancer Agency’s new digital mammography vehicle begins summer tour for women in Northern BC

Vancouver – The BC Cancer Agency’s new digital mammography vehicle will be visiting more than 37 Northern communities including Kitimat, Mackenzie and Tumbler Ridge over the next three months. Two state-of-the-art digital mammography vehicles were officially added to the Screening Mammography Program February 1, 2016, at an announcement with a traditional blessing ceremony on the Musqueam First Nation. The vehicles, one of which will be in the North from now until August, are equipped with a wheelchair lift, a spacious waiting area, and an examination room, providing women with a comfortable and consistent mammography experience at all locations. Locations will offer a wide selection of daytime and some weekend appointments, to make fitting a mammogram into busy family and work schedules convenient. Screening mammograms are available for women 40 years of age and older. Women are encouraged to discuss the benefits and limitations of mammography with their doctor. If they choose to have a mammogram, it will be available every two years and a doctor's referral is not needed. Eligible women can use the clinic locator at www.screeningbc.ca/breast to either find a yearround fixed location near them, or view the schedule for the mobile mammography service in their area. For remote communities that the mobile coaches are unable to access, assisted travel support is provided for eligible women in the community to attend either the nearest fixed centre or mobile stop.

Quick facts:

 Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in Canadian women.

 In 2015, an estimated 3,400 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in British Columbia, and approximately 610 will die from the disease.

 Mammograms help find cancer in its earliest stages when there are more treatment options and a better chance for successful treatment. B.C. has some of the best survival outcomes for those women who do get breast cancer.

 Research has shown a 25 per cent reduction in deaths from breast cancer among women who are screened through the Screening Mammography Program.

 Only half of eligible BC women are taking advantage of this important free service regularly.

 The BC Cancer Agency's Screening Mammography Program, established in 1988, was the first organized population-based screening program in Canada for the early detection of breast cancer.

 The provincial program has 36 fixed screening mammography centres throughout the province, and three mobile screening units that serve more than 120 rural and remote communities in British Columbia.

 The mobile units perform about 10 per cent of the total number of screening mammograms in British Columbia. Overall participation in the screening program by Indigenous women over the past three years has increased by nine per cent, and is currently at 57 per cent.

 Currently, the program visits 120 remote and rural communities annually, including more than 40 Indigenous communities.

 In 2014, 259,341 screening mammograms were performed in BC, and 1,404 breast cancers reported (5.4 per 1,000 exams).

 In 2015/16 12,953 screening mammograms were performed in the Northern health region, including 2,103 screens performed by the mobile mammography service.

 The transition from analog to digital is part of BC’s Provincial Breast Health Strategy and allows for greater efficiency in reporting, sharing of images, and allows radiologists to access both screening mammography and diagnostic images and reports on the same local system.

 In addition, technologists will be able to see the images right away to ensure image quality, rather than waiting for the films to be developed when they return to their reporting centre.

 The BC Cancer Agency mobile mammography service is the first of its kind in Canada to use wireless cellular data to send the images through a secure VPN tunnel from the mobile unit to the reading centre, ensuring greater efficiency of the service.

The BC Cancer Agency is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority, providing provincewide specialty health care. The BC Cancer Agency provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia by working with community partners to deliver a range of oncology services, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care.

For more information, visit bccancer.bc.ca or follow us on Twitter @BCCancer_Agency.

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC, working with the five geographic health authorities to deliver province-wide solutions that improve the health of British Columbians.

For more information, visit phsa.ca or follow us on Twitter @PHSAofBC.

Northern Health: Northern Health provides health services in partnership with communities and organizations to over 300,000 people from south of Quesnel, north to the Yukon border, west to Haida Gwaii and the Pacific Ocean, and east to the Alberta border in the province of British Columbia.

For more information, visit northernhealth.ca, follow us on Twitter @northern_heatlh or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NorthernHealth/.

Media Contact: Jenn Currie BC Cancer Agency 604-675-8106 jenn.currie@bccancer.bc.ca

Building a Healthier Stewart:  Survey

POSTED: June 14, 2019

The District would like to hear from community members about what makes Stewart healthy.
Please take a moment to answer 3 simple questions on the attached link.

Northwest & Prince George Fire Centre Status Reports

POSTED: June 10, 2019

Status Reports as of June 6, 2019 have been attached below for information:
PGFC Status Update
NWFC Fire Status Report
Information Bulletin

Keeping Wildlife Wild and Communities Safe

POSTED: June 4, 2019

This is an interactive website preventing conflict with wildlife through collaboration, education and community solutions

Invitation to participate in the Patient Partner Steering Committee

POSTED: May 23, 2019

This committee will guide a study called "Optimizing Patient Experience in Medical Travel" - if you are interested in participating, please click on the invitation letter from Denise Jaworsky & Dave Sohi for details and contact info.

Emergency Preparedness Week

POSTED: May 9, 2019

Watch for your Household Emergency Plan booklet in your mail

CMSD82 News Release:  Jocelynn Drew, Bear Valley School Principal Appointment

POSTED: May 7, 2019

Please see the attached News Release from Coast Mountains Board of Education School District 82 announcing the appointment of Jocelynn Drew as the School Principal at Bear Valley School. 

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: February 21, 2018

Take a look at this Auto Tour video produced in conjunction with Destination BC, Kermode Tourism, and the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine-displaying spectacular views of scenery near Hazelton, New Hazelton, the Nass Valley and Stewart, with Dr. Joseph Gosnell narrating:  www.stewartcassiarhighway.com 

Salmon Glacier Auto Tour Brochure

POSTED: February 21, 2018

Here is an excellent resource to accompany you on your travel to visit the spectacular Salmon Glacier - Auto Tour Brochure

BC Hydro Installation of Bird Guarding at Stewart Substation

POSTED: January 8, 2018

Please see the attached information regarding BC Hydro's recent installation of Bird Guarding at the Stewart Substation