March 5, 2015
Breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer diagnosis in Canadian women over the age of 20, with one in four cancer diagnoses being breast cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Canadian women after lung cancer.
A burning healthcare question has always been “how many days should a woman have to wait to know if she has breast cancer?”
One of our Black Belt candidates is working on reducing patient wait time from the time of test to results for breast cancer patients.
She has taken the wait time for breast cancer patients from an average of seven days to less than a day.
So now the answer to the question is: “she should never have to wait more than a day to know if she has cancer.” And thanks to this Black Belt, over thirty-five women every day of every week will know almost immediately if they do or do not have breast cancer. This reduction in wait times allows the patient to begin treatment sooner and increases the chance of survival.
–posted by Dale Schattenkirk