Breast checks hit the streets
WESTMEAD Hospital’s Breast Cancer Institute is offering Mt Druitt women free breast screens.
A mobile van with breast screening specialists will be parked on Flushcombe Rd in Blacktown this week before heading to Mt Druitt next week.
Westmead Hospital Breast Cancer Institute director of strategic operations Susan Hamill said the project was targeted at women who haven’t had a breast screen for a while.
“The screening takes just 15 minutes and should be completed every two years,” she said.
“Early detection of breast cancer is vital – one in eight women in NSW will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.”
The institute’s van will also visit workplaces.
“Women’s participation rates are low in western Sydney to start with in comparison with other areas,’’ Ms Hamill said. “It’s going up but not going up as quickly as it should be with the target age group.’’