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SUN­SHINE Coast Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice’s (SCHHS) Breast­Screen Queens­land mo­bile van is set­ting up be­hind the Lake Kawana Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Sports­man Pa­rade Boka­rina from 26 to 28 Septem­ber 2017.

SCHHS Health Pro­mo­tion Of­fi­cer Kelly Hart said reg­u­lar two yearly breast can­cer screen­ing was still the best way to find breast can­cer early – well be­fore a women or her doc­tor can feel any­thing.

“Un­for­tu­nately some women be­lieve that if they have a breast screen once they do not have to re­turn for an­other check-up un­less they have a breast symp­tom which con­cerns them. Un­for­tu­nately this is not the case,” Ms Hart said.

The risk of de­vel­op­ing breast can­cer in­creases sig­nif­i­cantly as a women ages, with one in eight Queens­land women be­ing di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer by the age of 85. The most ef­fec­tive way to re­duce the im­pact of breast can­cer is to find it as early as pos­si­ble and thereby in­crease the chance of suc­cess­ful re­cov­ery from the dis­ease.

“For this rea­son it is re­ally im­por­tant that women aged 50 to 74 par­tic­i­pate ev­ery two years in the Breast­Screen Queens­land Pro­gram,” Ms Hart said.

Women aged 40 and over are also el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in this free pro­gram.

Ms Hart said even with a great amount of pub­lic­ity about breast can­cer, there were still a lot of women who had not made hav­ing a breast screen a reg­u­lar part of their health regime.

“Many women be­lieve they are not at risk of de­vel­op­ing breast can­cer be­cause none of their rel­a­tives have been di­ag­nosed with it,” she said.

To make an ap­point­ment at the Kawana mo­bile ser­vice or at Breast­Screen Queens­land in Ma­roochy­dore or Caloundra just call 13 20 50 or book on­line at breast­screen.qld.gov.au.

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