Women urged to get breasts checked

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

■ Breast­Screen WA is urg­ing Pil­bara women aged over 40 to ac­cess the free screen­ing mam­mog­ra­phy ser­vice vis­it­ing the re­gion in com­ing weeks.

Breast can­cer is the most com­mon life threat­en­ing can­cer for women and one in eight women in Aus­tralia will de­velop breast can­cer in their life­time.

Hav­ing a screen­ing mam­mo­gram ev­ery two years sig­nif­i­cantly in­creases the chance of a woman sur­viv­ing breast can­cer and re­duces the amount of treat­ment re­quired.

More than 75 per cent of breast can­cers oc­cur in women over 50.

Breast­Screen WA’s med­i­cal di­rec­tor Dr El­iz­a­beth Wylie said screen­ing mam­mog­ra­phy was the most ef­fec­tive method for early de­tec­tion of breast can­cer.

“Screen­ing ev­ery two years is vi­tally im­por­tant to in­crease the chance of a breast can­cer be­ing de­tected when it is too small to feel or be no­ticed,” she said.

“A free screen­ing mam­mo­gram is one of the best things that women can do to look af­ter their health.

“Breast screen­ing saves lives and only takes 20 min­utes.”

Screen­ing mam­mo­grams may de­tect up to 90 per cent of breast can­cers.

Any woman with a per­sis­tent change in a breast should see her doc­tor im­me­di­ately.

Breast­Screen WA’s mo­bile ser­vice will be lo­cated at Roe­bourne Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal, on Hamp­ton Street, from Septem­ber 22- 29, and at the Frank But­ler Com­mu­nity Cen­tre carpark in Kar­ratha, from Septem­ber 29 to Novem­ber 10.

The mo­bile ser­vice will then move to Tom Price and Parabur­doo.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Breast­Screen WA web­site at www.breast­screen.health.wa.gov.au or phone 13 20 50 to make an ap­point­ment.

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