The province’s first breast health education centre on wheels is coming to Prince George tomorrow (June 30).
There will also be a CIBC Run for the Cure Street Party in front of CIBC, 1410 Third Ave. from noon to 1 p.m.
Several speakers including Dr. Winston Bishop, medical oncologist, Northern Health Authority, and breast cancer survivorRoxanne Evans will be on hand to discuss this very important issue. Local dignitaries will also be present.
On May 4, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation/B.C. Yukon Region (CBCF) launched the 45-foot pink bus. Since then, more than 3,720 British Columbians have been through the bus and more than 287 have signed up on the bus for a mammogram. The bus is retrofitted with information about breast health, the importance of getting a mammogram, and lifestyle choices that can decrease a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.
Tour staff will guide visitors through the interactive displays and encourage women between 40 and 79 to book a free mammogram in their communities. For the first time, women who register on the bus will receive calls back from the Screening Mammography Program of B.C. to arrange an appointment for their mammogram.
Only 51 per cent of eligible women in B.C. take advantage of the free screening mammography program. In 2009, 57 per cent of eligible women between the ages of 50 and 69 in B.C.’s Northern Interior had mammograms. According to the World Health Organization, if 70 per cent of eligible women went for a regular mammography, the number of deaths from breast cancer would be reduced by up to one third. The practice of breast health is important to all women. Visitors are welcome to tour the bus and read about breast health in English, Punjabi and Chinese.
The Pink Tour Bus will also be at the Canada Day Celebration at Fort George Park on Friday, July 1 at 10 a.m. Visitors may also sign its exterior as a commitment to adopting breast health practices and booking their free mammogram.
For more information visit www.thepinktour.com.