CIBC donates $500,000 to Women's College Hospital to speed breast cancer diagnosis
Reduced wait time will help ease the anxiety women experience waiting for diagnosisTORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX;NYSE) today announced a $500,000 donation to Women's College Hospital (WCH) to introduce the CIBC Breast Cancer Rapid Diagnosis Program, a new and innovative program designed to reduce the amount of time it takes for patients to get a diagnosis, once breast cancer is suspected. The donation will go towards the purchase of specialized equipment needed to make a rapid diagnosis and also creating a comfortable and private waiting area at WCH for patients undergoing the day-long process. The current reality for many women suspected of having breast cancer is a diagnostic process that can take weeks - or even months - to complete, factoring in the mammography, ultrasound, biopsy, perhaps an MRI, and waiting for results. The emotional and psychological stress on the patient and her family is significant. In some cases, women become concerned that time spent waiting for a diagnosis could impact the successful treatment of their breast cancer. "Women's College opened the first Cancer Detection Clinic in Ontario to screen healthy women for early signs of cancer. We were also the first hospital in Ontario to use mammography," said Dr. Elaine Todres, Chair, Women's College Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. "Now, thanks to this generous donation from CIBC, our patients will benefit from rapid diagnosis by knowing at the end of a one-day visit whether they will need treatment for breast cancer." "At CIBC, we are passionate about helping to create a future without breast cancer by actively supporting breast cancer research, education and treatment," said Sonia Baxendale, CIBC's Senior Executive Vice-President, Retail Markets. "We are proud to support this innovative breast cancer rapid diagnosis program and Women's College Hospital, a Canadian leader in women's health." CIBC's history of supporting the breast cancer cause dates back to 1992 with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. The Run has raised more than $170 million since its inception and CIBC and its employees have raised more than $15 million to help create a future without breast cancer. In addition, in the last five years, CIBC has contributed more than $5.5 million to hospitals and research centres across Canada towards breast cancer treatment and research. About CIBC CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our employees and our communities. We aim to make a difference in communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. With a strategic focus on youth, education and health, and employee commitment to causes, including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, United Way and the CIBC World Markets Children's Foundation, we are investing in the social and economic development of communities across the country. In 2007, CIBC group of companies contributed more than $36 million worldwide to charitable organizations and community initiatives. Of this, $27 million was invested in Canada to support national regional and local organizations. To learn more, visit www.cibc.com/pas. About Women's College Hospital For the past 100 years, Women's College Hospital has been dedicated to a single mission: groundbreaking advances in women's health. Women's College collaborated in the invention of the Pap test. It opened the first provincial cancer detection clinic and Ontario's first regional Sexual Assault Care Centre. It delivered the nation's first test-tube quintuplets and was the first hospital in Ontario to use mammography. Today, Women's College is focusing on the one of the most important and unrecognized healthcare realities. When it comes to health, women and men are not the same. Sex and gender differences - that is, differences in physiology and social roles - mean that women have different healthcare needs. That is why Women's College Hospital is conducting leading-edge research and providing state-of-the-art services around women's health. As Ontario's first and only ambulatory care centre and a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto, Women's College is leading the way nationally and globally as its translates new knowledge into better practice.
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