BreastScreen returns to a new location at Tin Can Bay

Patrick Green, President of Tin Can Bay Lions Club welcomes the Breastscreen Van to Lions Park, 45 Tin Can Bay Road, behind the Tin Can Bay Library

Patrick Green, President of Tin Can Bay Lions Club welcomes the Breastscreen Van to Lions Park, 45 Tin Can Bay Road, behind the Tin Can Bay Library

It is a fact that the BreastScreen mobile service saves lives – it has saved lives of local women.

The free service is at a new location this year—Lions Park, 45 Tin Can Bay Road, behind the Tin Can Bay Library until April 12, 2019.

You don’t need a referral, and it takes just half an hour, if that! Appointments start at 7am each week with the latest appointments available being 5.30pm.

Kelly Hart, Health Promotion Officer with BreastScreen Queensland Sunshine Coast, said, “The mobile service has been moved to make it more visible to residents and visitors.

“Unfortunately, despite all the publicity surrounding the benefits of the early detection of breast cancer less than 55% of women aged 50 to 74 in the Tin Can Bay area are participating in regular breast screening.

“We hope that by parking the mobile van in a more visible location it will prompt more local women to remember to book their appointment.

“The Tin Can Bay Lions Club and Cathy House have been tremendously supportive of BreastScreen Queensland Sunshine Coast for the past 20 years.

“Initially BreastScreen was taking a relocatable mammography machine to Cathy House and providing breast screens from a room inside the building. In 2009, we began to bring the mobile screening van to Cathy House.”

Ms Hart said: “Without the enduring support of the Lions Club and the staff of Cathy House it would have been very challenging for BreastScreen to continue to provide a regular mobile service to women from the local area.

“The Club’s ongoing commitment to BreastScreen and the local community has always been fantastic and is greatly appreciated.

“Regular two-yearly breast cancer screening is still the best way to find breast cancer when it is too small to be felt or seen by a woman or her doctor,” Ms Hart said.

Phone 13 20 50 for an appointment or for more information.

Early detection could save your life.


THE FACTS:

  • 75% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are over 50. Younger women do get breast cancer, but the risk of breast cancer increases dramatically after the age of 50.
  • 9 out of 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer have NO family history of the disease. While women with a family history of breast cancer are more at risk, most women diagnosed have no family history of the disease at all.
  • A breast screen every two years is the best way to detect breast cancer early, well before you or your doctor can feel anything.

• Women aged 40 years and over are eligible for a free breast screen every two years at a BreastScreen Queensland Service. Women aged 50-74 years are particularly encouraged to attend.