Breast screen­ing clinic run­ning in Moss­man

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Moya Stevens

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.

Pic­ture: MOYA STEVENS

An­nie Richard­son and Char­lie Eve, snr ra­dio­g­ra­pher Breast­Screen Queens­land

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