O’Brien encourages local women to get a breast screen
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is encouraging more women across the Gippsland South electorate to have regular breast screens.
Figures released by BreastScreen Victoria show that 57% of women in the Gippsland South electorate aged 50-74 were screened in 2014-2016, above the state average of 54% but below the 70% target set by BreastScreen Victoria.
Mr O’Brien said regular breast screens are an essential component of women’s well-being and encouraged more women over the age of 50 to take up BreastScreen Victoria’s free program.
“A breastscreen takes just 10 minutes, is with a female technician and it’s free.
“Seventy-five per cent of women diagnosed are over the age of 50 with the vast majority having no family history of the disease.
“Early detection gives women the best chance of successful treatment and recovery, which is why I am a strong supporter of the work undertaken by BreastScreen Victoria.”
Mr O’Brien said women in their 40s are also encouraged to talk to their doctor about whether breast screening should be a priority for them. A regular breast screen every two years is the best way to find cancer early.
“Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). Survival rates continue to improve in Australia with 89 out of every 100 women diagnosed now surviving five or more years beyond diagnosis. Early detection is crucial.”
Mr O’Brien is calling on the 4,090 local women between 50-74 years who did not have a breast screen during 2014-2016 to prioritise a free breast screen every two years.
Appointments are available at Sale, Yarram, Foster and Leongatha.
For more information or to book an appointment call 13 20 50 or visit www.breastscreen.org.au