‘Nina’ returns with free mammograms
More than half (54.8%) of local women aged 50 to 74 were screened last time the BreastScreen Victoria’s van was in town two years ago.
From July to September 2018 BreastScreen Victoria’s bright pink Mobile Screening Service van, affectionately known as ‘Nina’ will return to Yarrawonga to provide free breast screens to local women, now aiming for close to 70 per cent of local women to come down and use the service.
The van, which will be located in the car park between Lakeview Motel and Ritchies Super IGA, from July 10 to September 12 is the best way to detect cancer early and save lives.
BreastScreen Victoria CEO
Vicki Pridmore is encouraging women aged 50 to 74 from Yarrawonga and surrounds to take advantage of the van’s visit to town.
“Nina is one of two mobile screening service vans which travel the state throughout the year. This visit to Yarrawonga has been organised to ensure women in this part of Victoria have access to a potentially life-saving mammogram,” said Ms Pridmore.
Women aged between 50 and 74 benefit the most from regular breast screens—which are the best way of finding cancer early before any symptoms are noticeable as well as when treatment is most successful.
BreastScreen last came to Yarrawonga in 2016, with ‘Marjorie’, the other state-of-art hot pink screening van.
“We’d like to see even more women screen in 2018, closer to 70 per cent,” Ms Pridmore said.
“There are still women from Yarrawonga and surrounds who aren’t prioritising regular mammograms. Bringing the van to Yarrawonga again will make it easier for all women to screen.
“Women will be well looked after by our experienced, senior radiographers and the vans use the highest quality digital radiography machines to ensure that women receive the best service regardless of their location.”
Mammograms with BreastScreen Victoria are free, take 10 minutes and are with a woman. Appointments for the Mobile Screening Service visit to Yarrawonga can be made online at breastscreen.org.au or by calling 13 20 50.
The affectionately known ‘Nina’ mobile screening service van will be in Yarrawonga again from July 10 until September 12.