Breast checks hit the streets

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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.’’

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