A BreastScreen NSW Mobile Screening Van will arrive in Peak Hill today and will stay for one week until 24 October.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, health authorities are urging women aged 50 – 74 years in the Western NSW Local Health District to be vigilant with their regular mammograms, with latest figures revealing that 17,600 local women have not participated in the national breast cancer screening program in the last two years.
Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women in NSW, with one in eight being diagnosed in their lifetime. In the Western NSW Local Health District, around 200 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and around 40 women die of the disease.
Meg O'Brien, Director of BreastScreen's Greater Western service says, “There are many reasons why women may put off their mammogram. Some feel that without a family history they are not at risk, some say they are too busy and others fear embarrassment.”
“We need women to know that breast cancer can happen to anyone. In fact, nine out of ten women who develop breast cancer have no family history. A mammogram with BreastScreen NSW is free, takes 20 minutes and is performed by highly trained female-only staff.”
Patricia Bullen, Health Service Manager at Peak Hill says, “It’s important to be able to offer this lifesaving service in Peak Hill and I urge women to take up the opportunity to be screened.”
“The van will be parked on the hospital grounds off Newell Highway. Woman can book a mammogram with BreastScreen NSW by calling 13 20 50.”