Trial aims to boost num­ber of screen­ings

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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