Breast cancer van on mission to save lives
TABLELANDS women are being urged to get a free breast cancer scan in Mareeba that could save their lives.
Mobile BreastScreen Van administration officer and driver Tahnee Hansson said women over the age of 50 in the Mareeba area should be checked every two years.
Bookings are solid up to Christmas but there are still positions available in the New Year.
Only 56 per cent of eligible women in Queensland currently get a scan.
CHHHS health promotion officer for breast screen Belinda Lees said the next available appointment is on Tuesday January 2.
“We strongly encourage all ladies who are aged 50-74 to screen with BreastScreen,” she said.
“Women in their 40s and above 75 years are also eligible to attend this free service.
“Our service is for well women, or those women who are not currently experiencing any concerns about their breast health.”
She said Mareeba has a large population within the target age range.
“We understand that in order for women to undertake screening that we need to make it as accessible and convenient as possible and that often means bringing our service into rural and remote communities,” she said.
“Breast screening is a specialised service that your doctor cannot perform.”
There are about 1450 appointments in total available and previously they have screened between 1200 to 1300 women over the past 8 years. To make an appointment call 13 20 50, visit breastscreen.qld.gov.au or speak with your local health worker.
Cairns service Mobile BreastScreen Van administration officer and driver Tahnee Hansson is encouraging all women eligible for a free breast screen to book an appointment while the van is in Mareeba over the Christmas period.