Breast cancer van on mis­sion to save lives

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

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.

Pic­ture: Sup­plied

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.

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