Free screen for women over 40
BREASTSCREEN WA will give Armadale women free mammograms from March 31 to August 17.
The free screening for women aged 40 and older will be held at BreastScreen’s mobile services in the Haynes shopping centre car park.
One in eight women in Australia develops breast cancer and 75 per cent occur over the age of 50.
Screening detects up to 90 per cent of breast cancers.
In two years, 54 per cent of Armadale women aged 50 to 74 have had a mammogram.
BreastScreen aims to increase that to 70 per cent this year.
BreastScreen WA employs an Aboriginal program officer and offers group bookings for Aboriginal women who would prefer to have family or community support.
BreastScreen’s medical director Elizabeth Wylie said screening every two years was vitally important for early detection.
“Breast screening saves lives and only takes 20 minutes,” she said.
Any woman with a persistent change in a breast should see her doctor.
For more information or to book a free mammogram visit www.breastscreen.health.wa.gov. au or phone 13 20 50.