The Nationals Gippsland South Health

We need to boost breast screening rates

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is encouraging local women to participate in the free BreastScreen Victoria program and help tackle breast cancer in the region.

Mr O’Brien said that 54 per cent of women in the Gippsland South electorate are having a regular breast screen every two years. This is 1.7% higher than the state participation rate of 52.3% for women aged between 50 to 74.

“It’s great to see our electorate scoring above the state average, but this still means 4,288 women aged between 50 and 74 did not get screened.”

“This is a free service that only takes ten minutes of your time and could prove life-saving.” Mr O’Brien said.

BreastScreen Victoria CEO Vicki Pridmore says women need to continue their commitment to screening every two years because finding cancer early saves lives.

“The biggest risk factor for breast cancer is being a woman over 50 years of age. With one in eight Victorian women diagnosed with the disease, having a breast screen is the best way of finding cancer early before any symptoms are noticed and when treatment is likely to be most successful,” Ms Pridmore said.

Seventy-five per cent of women diagnosed will be over the age of 50, the vast majority of whom will have no family history of the disease.

Early detection gives women the best chance of successful treatment and recovery.

Appointments at BreastScreen Victoria clinics and mobile vans can be made online at breastscreen.org.au or by calling 13 20 50.

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