Free BreastScreens offered to Gippsland women
Women aged over 50 are being encouraged to register for their free BreastScreen, with ‘Marjorie’ the mobile testing bus visiting Leongatha, Foster and Yarram in coming weeks and permanent testing available at Central Gippsland Health Service in Sale and Wonthaggi Hospital.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien was speaking after BreastScreen Victoria released figures on the level of screening being undertaken in different electorates across the state.
“The participation rate for breast screening in Gippsland South was 58 per cent, higher than the state average of 54 per cent, but still way below the national target of 70 per cent. We need to boost it up,” Mr O’Brien said.
“More than 4,000 Victorian women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year and research tells us that early detection is the key to surviving this type of cancer.
“With BreastScreen Victoria’s mobile testing bus visiting towns within the electorate over coming weeks, I urge all women over 50 to register for their free scan.
“A doctor’s referral isn’t required and the vans are fitted with high quality digital screening equipment to ensure that the examination is as thorough as what you would receive in a clinic.”
Mr O’Brien said ‘Marjorie’ was visiting the following locations between now and October:
- Leongatha until 19 August outside the Gippsland Southern Health Service;
- Foster between 21 August and 22 September outside the South Gippsland Hospital; and
- Yarram between 24 September and 15 October outside the Yarram and District Health Service.
“Fifty per cent of women diagnosed with breast cancer are aged 50-69 and this is the reason why a breast screen once every two years is recommended for women in this age group,” Mr O’Brien said.
Mr O’Brien said bookings could be made by phoning 13 20 50 or online at www.breastscreen.org.au.
The Nationals’ Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien and Member for Morwell Russell Northe are encouraging women in Gippsland to register for their free BreastScreen when the mobile screening bus visits the region over coming months. BreastScreen Victoria last week presented a session to MPs at Parliament, which outlined participation rates by electorate.