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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.