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Breast cancer diagnoses take months, a Quebec foundation is trying to change that

A radiologist uses a magnifying glass to check mammograms for breast cancer in Los Angeles, May 6, 2010. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

(Canadian Press/ CTV News) — Exasperated by delays, the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation is launching a pilot project to cut waiting times for people expecting a diagnosis.

“In Quebec, a woman who suspects she has breast cancer, or has had an abnormal imaging test, can sometimes wait up to 17 weeks before having her diagnosis,” said the foundation’s president, Karine-Iseult Ippersiel.

“It’s huge. It’s way too much.”

On Friday, the foundation launched a new phone line intended for people in the pre-diagnosis process – that it to say, those who are suspected of having breast cancer, but are experiencing delays in confirmation. 

The project aims to locate systemic bottlenecks, support those awaiting diagnosis, and ultimately reduce wait times.

The calls will be answered by people who have had breast cancer themselves. (…)

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