‘Nina’ re­turns with free mam­mo­grams

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - News -

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.

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