Women urged to have regular mammograms

MORE than 2000 eligible local women are not having regular breast screens.

This has prompted BreastScreen Victoria’s Sale clinic to reiterate the importance of screening.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, with early detection offering the best chance of successful treatment and recovery.

The Sale clinic is reminding women to take advantage of its free breast screening appointments, with several still available in August.

The latest BreastScreen Victoria participation data from 2013 to 2015 shows more than 56 per cent of local women aged 50 to 69 screen regularly, which is just above the state average of 54 per cent.

But breast radiographer Angela McRae said there were still more than 2000 women in this age group who were not prioritising regular breast screens.

“Breast screens can find cancers that are too small to see or feel,” Ms McRae said.

“It’s important that women prioritise their health by coming to see us every two years.”

A free breast screen service is available on Tuesdays for women between the ages of 50 and 74.

Staff members at the clinic are devoted to making what can be a daunting experience much more comfortable, ensuring patients feel supported and informed.

A screen usually takes about 10 minutes, and is carried out by a female staff member.

Appointments for the BreastScreen Victoria clinic at Central Gippsland Health Service off Palmerston St, Sale, can be made online at breastscreen.org.au or by phoning 13 20 50.