Jun 19
New Breastscreen Mobile Unit Unveiled For Western Nsw
BreastScreen NSW Greater Western today launched its new mobile breast screening unit, servicing women across the Western NSW Local Health District. The unit is part of a NSW Government investment of $8.8 million to upgrade the existing BreastScreen NSW fleet with state-of-the-art vehicles and screening technology. The Federal Government contributed $4.4 million.The units will help support early detection for the one in eight women in NSW affected by breast cancer in their lifetime.“This is a vital piece of health infrastructure, bringing potentially life saving cancer screening to women without the need to travel long distances to larger towns and cities,” Meg O’Brien, Manager, BreastScreen NSW Greater Western said.The mobile unit will visit Parkes, Forbes, Tottenham, Tullamore, Trundle, Peak Hill, Narromine, Molong and the Orange Aboriginal Medical Service between July and the end of the year.Enhancements in the new vehicles include:• upgraded digital mammography equipment;• a secure wireless communication system for instant transfer of diagnostic images to the state-wide BreastScreen service for analysis by radiologists and breast physicians; • improved air-conditioning and wheelchair accessibility. The Cancer Institute NSW (CINSW) manages the state-wide breast screening program, which is delivered by the Screening and Assessment Services in Local Health Districts.“In all, mobile BreastScreen NSW units bring services directly to more than 150 towns and cities across the state and travel a combined total of more than 50,000 kilometres ever two years,” CINSW Screening and Prevention Director Sarah McGill said.“More than a quarter of all BreastScreen NSW mammograms are delivered from mobile services and more than half of all regional and rural women receive their breast screens in this way.”Eleven units are being rolled out to Hunter New England, South West Sydney, Greater Southern, Greater Western, North Sydney Central Coast, Sydney West and Sydney Screening and Assessment Services. An additional two mobile units will be available as shared resources for use across NSW. “A woman diagnosed with breast cancer in NSW today has among the highest chances of survival in the world. However, we know that early detection is the key to survival,” Ms O’Brien said. “These mammograms can detect cancers before they can be seen or felt. If detected early, survival from breast cancer can be as high as 97 per cent. "It is vital for all women aged between 50 and 74 to have a mammogram every two years at a BreastScreen NSW clinic. It is a free service that could save your life. Women should call 13 20 50 to book a breast screen today.”