Free screen for women over 40

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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.

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