Trial aims to boost number of screenings
MORE Queensland women will have the chance for a potentially life-saving mammogram under a new Australian-first trial run by BreastScreen Queensland.
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg announced the trial, which involved more than 2000 Queensland women who had their appointments pre-booked to encourage them to access free breast screening services.
The women in the trial had not been to a BreastScreen Queensland service before or were existing clients due for their two-yearly appointment.
They have been sent a letter with an appointment time at either a BreastScreen Service Centre or mobile van visiting an area near them, all using the latest digital mammography technology.
“We want to see all eligible women in Queensland accessing the government’s free BreastScreen services,” Mr Springborg said.
“We’re hoping to see an increase in the number of new women participating in the program through this trial of pre-booked appointments inWide Bay.”
The Minister said it was promising to see the trial had already resulted in 40 women attend an appointment at their local BreastScreen service.
Mr Springborg hoped the trial would encourage women who had not previously had a breast screen appointment to make that lifesaving appointment.
“Women aged 50 to 74 years are the group most at-risk of developing breast cancer, I think it’s important women make the time for an appointment,” Mr Springborg said.