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Women urged to have breast screen

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 57 per cent of women in the Gippsland South electorate are having a regular breast screen every two years. This is 3% higher than the state participation rate for women aged between 50 and 74.

“While it’s great to see our electorate scoring above the state average, this still means 3,127 women aged between 50 and 74 in Gippsland South did not get screened in the past two years.

“The participation rate for Gippsland South has stayed at 57 per cent for the past four years and I would really love to see an increase for next year.

“Statistically a 57 per cent participation rate means that approximately 18 women in Gippsland South are potentially living with undiagnosed breast cancer.  Across the state this is potentially 1500 women, which is why I’m backing the BreastScreen Victoria campaign to ‘find the 1500’.

“Early detection will put you in the best position for a positive outcome.

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

According to BreastScreen Victoria 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.

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.

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.

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

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is encouraging women to participate in the free BreastScreen Victoria program, which is campaigning to “Find the 1500” – representing the 1500 women who may have breast cancer but don’t know it because they haven’t had a breast screen.

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