Free breast screening

Kellie BalaamNarrogin Observer
The BreastScreen WA mobile van will arrive in Narrogin next month.
Camera IconThe BreastScreen WA mobile van will arrive in Narrogin next month. Credit: Tari Jeffers

BreastScreen WA is encouraging women to have a free mammogram when its mobile service visits Narrogin next month.

All women 40 years and over are eligible to have a screening.

BreastScreen WA’s mobile service will be at the YMCA Leisure Centre for one week starting from January 2.

Medical director Elizabeth Wylie said screening mammography was the most effective method for early detection of breast cancer.

“Screening every two years is vitally important to increase the chance of a breast cancer being detected when it is too small to feel or be noticed,” she said.

“A free screening mammogram is one of the best things that women can do to look after their health. Breast screening saves lives and only takes 20 minutes.”

Breast cancer is the most common life threatening cancer for women, with one in 7 Australian women developing breast cancer in their lifetime.

Research shows having a breast x-ray every two years significantly increases the chance of a woman surviving breast cancer and reduces the amount of treatment required.

More than 75 per cent of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50.

According to BreastScreen WA, screening mammograms may detect 70-90 per cent of breast cancers.

Any woman with a persistent change in a breast should see her doctor immediately.

For more information on how to book a free appointment call 13 20 50.

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