Women urged to get breasts checked
■ 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.