Toronto’s medical officer of health said she was taking time off as she was scheduled for surgery on Wednesday.
Dr. Eileen de Villa said in a statement on Tuesday that she underwent a routine screening mammogram during the summer months and follow-up tests which identified precancerous cells.
“These cells need to be removed through surgery, which I have to undergo tomorrow. Any further treatment will be determined after the surgery,” De Villa said.
“My story is not unique. Women in Toronto receive news like this every day. I want you to know that I am receiving excellent care and that Toronto Public Health is in good hands with our Deputy Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Na-Koshie Lamptey, who will be the Acting Medical Officer of Health for me. absence.
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De Villa said she plans to return to work on December 20.
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She called on Torontonians to participate in recommended screening programs.
“I am grateful that I took the time to get tested because it allowed me to have early detection and treatment,” she said.
Toronto Mayor John Tory released a statement on Twitter, wishing De Villa “all the best” as she undergoes her surgery.
“I have no doubt that she will recover quickly and I look forward to continuing to work with her when she returns,” Tory said.
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