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Temporary Changes to Mammography Services at Charlotte County Hospital

(ST. STEPHEN) May 17, 2013 - Effective May 14, 2013 Mammography Screening Services at Charlotte County Hospital has been temporarily suspended.

A study conducted by Cancer Care Ontario researcher was released this week, which suggests that digital computed radiology may be less effective in discovering cancers, compared to digital direct radiography and screen film.

Currently Horizon Health Network only has one digital computed radiology machine serving patients which is located at the Charlotte County Hospital.

Since this study was to evaluate the performance of the three modalities used in breast cancer screening, Horizon Health Network, the Department of Health, the NB Cancer Network  and Vitalité Health Network will consult with their counterparts from other provinces to review the conclusions of the study before determining the appropriate course of action.

In the meantime, patients will be rescheduled for a mammography screening at St. Joseph's Hospital in Saint John.

The likelihood of having an undetected cancer is very low.  However, patients who have been previously screened at Charlotte County Hospital since May 2011 may want to be re-screened, and may contact the St. Joseph's Hospital Breast Screening Program in Saint John at 506-632-5566 for an appointment or their family physician to discuss this matter. 

Routine mammograms are an important screening tool and this issue should not discourage women from getting them. Mortality from breast cancer in New Brunswick has been declining over the past 20 years, and routine screening for women has played a significant role in this decline.

As technology changes quickly, we will continue to work with our health partners, staff and physicians to ensure we are providing safe, quality care to our patients.

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For more information contact:

Lisa Caissie
Manager, Media Relations
1-877-499-1899
Media@HorizonNB.ca
www.HorizonNB.ca

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