Women in Cobar have better access to free potentially lifesaving breast screening. The BreastScreen NSW mobile van is here this month providing free mammograms to eligible women.
A mammogram can pick-up cancers that cannot be seen or felt. In NSW one in seven women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. For women over 50 years, a mammogram is the most effective method of finding breast cancer early.
James Harvey, Director BreastScreen Greater Western NSW says a screening mammogram is one of the most important things women aged 50-74 can do for their health.
“A mammogram every two years takes just 20 minutes and it could save your life.”
“Detecting breast cancer early increases your chance of survival while reducing the likelihood of invasive treatment, such as mastectomy or chemotherapy.”
Many women believe they aren’t at risk of breast cancer because there’s no family history of the disease.
“Around 90 per cent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history. This is why breast cancer screening is so important for all eligible women.”
Mr Harvey says having a BreastScreen NSW van in Cobar makes it easier for women to attend their recommended two-yearly screening.
“Bringing these vital services to Cobar means more local women can participate and get the support they need.”
“Life gets busy and we want women to make their health a priority.”
The BreastScreen NSW van is in town from 25th February to 20th March and is located at the Cobar Council carpark on Linsley Street. The service is free and there’s no referral needed.
BreastScreen NSW mobile vans include the latest digital mammography technology and secure wireless communication system. The NSW Government, through the Cancer Institute NSW, is investing $62.2 million in breast cancer screening this financial year.
Year round screening services are available at BreastScreen NSW clinics at Bathurst, Broken Hill, Dubbo and Orange