Local Women Encouraged to Have Regular Breast Screens

New data shows that 50 – 54 per cent of women aged 50-69 in the electorate of Mordialloc, participate in the free BreastScreen Victoria program.

This is in line with the the Victorian average of 54 per cent. However, we need to do more to ensure women within the City of Kingston are aware of the services that are available to them.

Finding breast cancer early before any symptoms are noticed is when treatment is most likely to be successful, and therefore an increase in the number of women participating in the screening will hopefully lead an increase in survival rates.

Across Victoria, 47 electorates were above the statewide average, however 33 electorates were below the statewide average. Eight electorates were in line with the statewide average.

Women, particularly those aged 50-74 are recommended to have a regular breast screen every two years.

BreastScreen Victoria has 39 permanent screening clinics and eight assessment services across Victoria. Its Mobile Screening Service visits 31 locations every two years. Women can attend any screening clinic that is convenient.

Some clinics offer out-of-hours appointments, including Saturdays, and group bookings are available.

To book an appointment, visit www.breastscreen.org.au or call 13 20 50.

Quotes attributable to the Member for Mordialloc, Tim Richardson MP

“A regular breast screen, every two years, is the best way to detect cancer early. Research has shown that early diagnosis is the key to increased survival rates.”

“It’s fantastic that many local women are making use of the free BreastScreen Victoria service. I encourage them to continue to do so and also to encourage their friends, sisters and mothers to book appointments too.”

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