Free breast cancer screening

ELIGIBLE women are being urged to take advantage of free breast cancer screening at Queensland Health’s mobile clinic which will be located at Tin Can Bay this month.

The BreastScreen Queensland Sunshine Coast Service is at Cathy House, Coral Trout Drive, Tin Can Bay until May 19.

BreastScreen Queensland health promotion officer Kelly Hart said it was important women heeded messages about the importance of having a regular breast screen.

“The risk of breast cancer increases dramatically after the age of 50. In fact, 75 per cent of women diagnosed with breast cancer are in this age group,” Ms Hart said.

“Women aged 50 to 69 years are particularly encouraged to have a free breast screen every two years at a BreastScreen Queensland Service.

“Women aged 40 to 49 years and those over 70 are also eligible for a free breast screen.”

Continuing research shows more women are now surviving a diagnosis of breast cancer than in the past.

“This can be attributed to the early detection of breast cancer and improvements in management, treatment and advances in drug therapy,” Ms Hart said.

Appointments are starting to fill so phone 13 20 50 to make an appointment or for further information. A doctor’s referral is not required.

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