Breastscreen Queensland mobile units in the region
THE Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service BreastScreen team members are visiting Childers and Gin Gin.
The BreastScreen team will be promoting the service and taking bookings while at the Bundaberg Show until May 27.
In June the van will then visit Gin Gin and Childers offering women a convenient opportunity to attend an appointment.
“Visiting these towns provides women 40 years and older with a convenient way to attend a mammogram appointment,” BreastScreen Qld Wide Bay manager Di Dingle said.
“We encourage women between the ages of 50 and 74 to book an appointment as regular breastscreens every two years are vital for this age group.
“A mammogram is the best way of finding breast cancers early, even before they can be felt or other signs noticed.” Dates and locations: Gin Gin – June 7–15 Childers – June 16–28 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% 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.
“Nine out of 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
“I encourage women to make a booking by calling 13 20 50.”