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Women urged to check breasts between mammograms

BREAST CHECK: Gympie women are being urged to check their breasts between screenings to help reduce the risk of cancer.
BREAST CHECK: Gympie women are being urged to check their breasts between screenings to help reduce the risk of cancer. Contributed

HUNDREDS of regional women are developing breast cancers between screening each year, prompting a warning from Cancer Council for women to be more "breast aware" between mammograms.

The call followed the publication of new data revealing women diagnosed with breast cancer between mammograms experienced poorer survival rates.

Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift urged all women to be breast aware in order to detect any changes that might occur between scheduled screenings.

"Analysis of historical data shows that women diagnosed with breast cancer in between routine mammograms were 59% more likely to die from their cancer than those with a screen-detected breast cancer," Ms Clift said.

"This finding was consistent across the state, for regional and urban areas.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at 13 11 20 or http://www.cancerqld.org.au.

Topics:  breast cancer cancer council mammograms

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