Free breast cancer screening coming to Tin Can Bay

Breastscreen Queensland will be in Tin Can Bay from March 23rd

Breastscreen Queensland will be in Tin Can Bay from March 23rd

Breast cancer is so common, there’s a fair chance you know a friend or relative who’s had it. After all, 1 in 7 Queensland women are diagnosed with it.

As there is no way to prevent breast cancer it’s important that women have a regular breast screen, particularly as 9 out of 10 women diagnosed with this cancer have no family history of the disease.

To help women in the Cooloola Coast area access a free, high quality breast screening service the BreastScreen Queensland mobile service is returning to Lions Park, Tin Can Bay Road from 23 March to 8 April 2020.

Gillian Duffy, BreastScreen Queensland Sunshine Coast Service Health Promotion Officer said, “mammograms or breast screens were the most effective, proven method of detecting breast cancer early.”

“Screening brings forward the time at which breast cancer can be diagnosed, so that the cancer can be found when it’s small, confined to the breast and hasn’t spread to the lymph nodes,” she said

To help women understand the importance of regular breast screening Ms Duffy is taking part in Ladies Day 2020 at Rainbow Beach on March 8th, 2020.

“I look forward to meeting some of the local women at this event and answering their questions and concerns about breast cancer screening’” said Ms Duffy.

Women aged 50 to 74 are strongly encouraged to have regular two-yearly breast screens. The BreastScreen Queensland Program is provided free to women aged 40 and over.

To make an appointment call 13 20 50 or visit breastscreen.qld.gov.au. Referrals are not required.

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