Young Local Health Advisory Committee (LHAC) Chair Heather Ritchie is encouraging all local women aged 50-74 years to make an appointment with the BreastScreen NSW mobile van which will be in Young from September 5 to 30.
“It’s great this service comes to us locally so I encourage all women between 50 and 74 years of age to make the most of it and make their appointment today,” Ms Ritchie said.
From this year, the mobile van stay longer in Young to ensure all eligible women are screened and will visit once a year in September.
Director of BreastScreen NSW Debbie Lattimore said the van’s digital technology provides doctors with clearer images faster and improves early detection.
“BreastScreen is a free breast screening service for women aged 50-74 years,” Ms Lattimore said.
“Breast screening, also known as mammographic screening, is the process of looking for breast cancer in a population of women who have no symptoms.
“If you have a lump or nipple discharge please see your GP.
“With a 97 per cent survival rate when breast cancer is detected early, having a breast screen is vital,” she said.
NSW women have a one in nine chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime making time for a breast screen every two years one of the most important healthy actions a woman over 50 can do.
“Regular breast screening with digital mammography equipment significantly increases the likelihood that breast cancers are found as early as possible and treated most effectively,” Ms Lattimore said.
“If you are a woman aged between 50-74 years old, I strongly encourage you to book your mammogram now.”
“Online bookings are open for routine rescreen clients with a code and web address appearing on your reminder letter so you can book easily via the web,” Ms Lattimore added.
The mobile BreastScreen van will be located next to the Railway Station, Lovell Street.
Phone now for appointments on 13 20 50.
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