Discovery Coast to have access to BreastScreen. The Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service is offering a local BreastScreen Clinic to the women of the Discovery Coast.
The mobile BreastScreen van will be based in Agnes Water from Tuesday 22 September to Monday 28 September, and will then be in Miriam Vale from Tuesday 29 September to Thursday 1 October.
“The BreastScreen mobile van is visiting Agnes Water and Miriam Vale to offer mammograms to all local women aged 40 years plus,” BreastScreen Qld Wide Bay manager Di Dingle said.
“Regular breastscreens every two years are vital for women in this age group as a mammogram is the best way of finding breast cancers early, even before they can be felt or other signs noticed.
“There is no need for a doctor’s referral as BreastScreen offers free screening mammograms for all women aged 40 years plus.
One in eight women in Australia will develop breast cancer in their lifetime and the risk of breast cancer increases dramatically after the age of 50, with 76 per cent of women diagnosed in this age group.”
“In Australia, women diagnosed with breast cancer have better survival prospects than women in most other countries – so it is important to have a regular mammogram to ensure you can be diagnosed early,” Ms Dingle said.
“It is also important that all women regularly visit as nine out of 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.”
For further information or to make an appointment please call 13 20 50.