Breast­screen Queens­land mo­bile units in the re­gion

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.”

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