Health Minister Mark Holland reacts to new breast cancer screening guidelines.

Speaking with reporters on Parliament Hill, federal Health Minister Mark Holland comments on the Canadian Task Force on Preventative Healthcare’s updated guidelines for breast cancer screening. The minister outlines his concerns with the task force’s guidelines that do not recommend regular breast cancer screenings for women under 50 who are of average risk. In response to the recommendations, the minister is inviting breast cancer experts to review the draft guidelines and is calling for an extension of the public consultation period with stakeholders from 6 weeks to a minimum of 60 days. He is also calling for Canada’s chief public health officer Chief Public Officer Dr. Theresa Tam to convene with senior health officials and key experts to review the guidelines.