Breast screening clinic running in Mossman
THE mobile service of BreastScreen Queensland has taken up residence in the Mossman hospital carpark and are taking bookings up to April 27 from women aged 50-74 for free breast screening.
“Making an appointment for a breast screen ensures local and eligible women have the opportunity to detect breast cancer as early as possible,” Ms Rowena Heart, Promotions Officer from BreastScreen Queensland said.
“In some cases, by the time a lump or change in breast tissue is noticed, it can be around the size of a ten cent piece, whereas a breast screen can pick up changes in the breast tissue that are much smaller,” she said.
Member of local breast cancer support group Pink in the Tropics, Port Douglas resident and breast cancer survivor, Ms Annie Richardson encourages women in her community to take advantage of the free service.
“Screening for breast cancer is very important,” Annie said, “and a breast screen on your calendar every two years gives one a far better chance of surviving the disease.”
Age is the biggest risk factor for breast cancer in women, with one in eight women diagnosed with the disease by the age of 85.
BreastScreen Queensland will host a free information session focused on breast cancer prevention, early detection and the BreastScreen Queensland service.
The meeting will be held at the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre at 1.30pm on Wednesday, April 19.
“Knowledge is power and we want to empower women with knowledge about their breast health and the things we can do to put ourselves in a better position with this disease,” Ms Heart said.
Bookings for a free breast screen can be made via breastscreen.qld.gov.au or by phoning 13 20 50.
Annie Richardson and Charlie Eve, snr radiographer BreastScreen Queensland