Barrie’s MP introduces cancer-screening bill

Barrie MP Patrick Brown introduced a private member’s bill in the House of Commons today (Monday), titled the ‘Breast Density Awareness Act.’
If approved, the Act would require the federal government to enlist existing initiatives to increase awareness about breast cancer and the need to screen for the disease.
“In 2011, the Canadian Cancer Society predicts that an estimated 23,400 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, from which 5,100 will regrettably die. It is my hope that this bill over time will help reduce those numbers.”
The federal government, said Brown, has a role in encouraging the use of existing programs by raising awareness of them.
“It is more challenging to detect breast cancer in women who have heterogeneous or dense breast tissue because both the cancer and dense breast tissue appear white on mammograms. Obviously this makes detection more difficult and this bill will target screening towards this challenging area.”
Brown is optimistic the bill will pass.
“It has the support of the prime minister and the health minister. So I anticipate no problems in getting this passed and implemented. I expect this will lead to new protocols for breast-cancer screening.”
Brown joined the CIBC Run for the Cure, Sunday in Barrie. More than 2,000 people participated in the run to raise funds to combat breast cancer.
“I understand massive runs like this occurred in 50 different communities across Canada. I want to build on these efforts.”

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