Whitsunday women are urged to take advantage of BreastScreen Queensland’s free mobile screening service during its visit to Bowen, Proserpine and Cannonvale.
The mobile service is currently at Proserpine Hospital until July 5 and Bowen’s Centrepoint Plaza carpark until August 5 offering its mammogram screening service.
Cannonvale women can expect to see the mobile service at the Whitsunday Plaza Shopping Centre carpark from July 6 to August 26.
BreastScreen Mackay clinical director Dr Wendela Schimmer said the mobile screening service is part of BreastScreen Queensland and Mackay Hospital and Health Service’s commitment to providing rural health care.
“The service ensures women across our regions are receiving a complete service; using the latest digital mammography technology,” she said.
“Appointments are free, women don’t need a referral from their doctor to have a breast screen with us and a visit takes around 30 minutes.
“Examinations aim to detect breast cancer in its very early stages when treatment can be more effective. The earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chance of surviving it.”
Dr Schimmer said breast screening is provided to women who are aged 40 years and over, and haven’t noticed any changes to their breasts.
“While evidence shows that women aged 50-74 derive most benefit from screening every two years, women aged 40 to 49 and 75 years and over are also eligible to utilise the service.
“Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian women. It’s also important for women to know that nine out of 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of breast cancer.
“Regular screening remains the most effective and proven method of intervention for reducing breast cancer morbidity and mortality.”
The mobile screening service visits Whitsunday sites every 12 months.
Appointments are available from 8.30am to 3.30pm, with some after hours and Saturday clinics available for women who are unable to make the regular opening hours.
Book now on 13 20 50 for your free appointment at any of the BreastScreen mobile screening service locations or online at www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au.