Women urged to get breasts checked

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A free mo­bile mam­mog­ra­phy ser­vice for women aged 40 and over will be in Kar­ratha for its an­nual visit from this week.

Breast­Screen WA’s mo­bile cen­tre will be run­ning ap­point­ments at Frank But­ler Com­mu­nity Cen­tre carpark in Hunt Way from Oc­to­ber 27-Novem­ber 8.

The ser­vice is free and open to all women over 40, with its tar­get de­mo­graphic lo­cal women aged 50-74.

Breast­Screen WA med­i­cal di­rec­tor Dr El­iz­a­beth Wylie said screen­ing mam­mog­ra­phy was the most ef­fec­tive method to de­tect breast can­cer early.

“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.

“Find­ing a can­cer at this early stage of­ten means that the breast can­cer is small and more treat­able.”

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

To make an ap­point­ment, call 13 20 50. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit breast­screen.health.wa.gov.au or Face­book page Breast­Screen WA.

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