Health

New Laval clinic offers early diagnosis of women’s cancers

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) has opened a satellite clinic at Place des aînés de Laval, the socio-cultural and sports centre serving the 50+ demographic.

The new clinic, located at 435 Curé Labelle Blvd., near 75th Ave., is part of the MUHC’s DOvEE project (Diagnosing Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer Early), said to be the first outside Montreal. It will extend early diagnosis services for ovarian cancer and improve patient access to care in Laval and the North Shore.

“There has been a real need for this service in the suburbs of Montreal,” says Joëlle Malek, Nurse Manager of the DOvEE project. “It is important that the population of the North Shore of Montreal know this service exists … By offering quick and easy access to care, we can save lives.”

Ovarian and endometrial cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in women. Dubbed the silent cancer, its symptoms are often seen as harmless and ignored by women. Research indicates that three quarters of ovarian cancers start in the fallopian tubes, and that a routine
gynecological examination will not necessarily detect the cancer.

Dr. Kris Jardon, Gynecologist Oncologist at the MUHC and member of the DOvEE project, emphasizes that early detection can be critical.

“The vast majority of women affected are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when the cancer has already spread throughout the body,” Jardon says. “At this point patients must undergo major surgery and chemotherapy and their chances of survival are reduced to about three years.”

If the cancer is diagnosed early, the survival rate can be three times higher, research has indicated.

Similar clinics offer the tests in Anjou, Lachine, Montreal, Montreal North, the South Shore, and Saint Laurent. Laval makes sense as the location because it and the north shore communities are growing in population, says Place des aînés director André Bourgeois. The area has over 600,000 residents.

“It is only natural for us to collaborate with the MUHC to make this service accessible to our population.” All women 50 and older who think they have at least one symptom of ovarian cancer — feeling full quickly when eating, bloating, swelling of belly, abdominal or pelvic discomfort or pain, vaginal discharge or bleeding, frequent need to urinate – are asked to contact the DOvEE team for an appointment at 1-866-716-3267.

The DOvEE team offers all tests necessary for early diagnosis.

Info: mcgill.ca/dovee

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