In an effort to allow more women to book in for a mammogram, BreastScreen Orange has extended its screening hours to 6pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
BreastScreen is primarily for women aged 50-69 years, however all women over 40 years are welcome to attend for a free mammogram every two years, without needing a referral from their doctor.
BreastScreen NSW Health Promotion Officer, Lisa Maxeysaid one in ninewomen will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, however early detection of the disease can greatly increase the chances of survival.
“That’s why it’s crucial every woman over 40 is making a regular appointment for a potentially life-saving mammogram.
“Every year, survival rates in Western NSW Local Health District (LHD) and right across the state are improving.
“Early detection, improvements in treatment options and women taking the initiative in relation to their health have been important factors resulting in improved survival rates for our district.
“Women spend much of their time caring for others. To do this, they need to be on the front foot with their health and use the services available to them” said Ms Maxey.
BreastScreen specialises in the assessment of breast tissue. Mammograms are conducted in private with a female radiographer. The procedure generally takes a total of 15 minutes and is relatively non-invasive for the patient.
“Importantly all screening images are read independently by at least 2 radiologist who specialise in breast tissue. If ever their opinion differs, they are read by a third radiologist. This is one of the features that makes BreastScreen a very high quality service.” said Ms Maxey.
Any woman wishing to have a mammogram can book an appointment with Orange BreastScreen by phoning 13 20 50.
Orange BreastScreen is located to the left ofthe front entrance to Orange Health Service.
Lisa Maxey Health Promotion Officer 6369 3608