BreastScreen NSW Greater Western’s new mobile breast screening unit will commence its tour of service in Parkes from 6 July – 14 August, 2015.
Lachlan Health Service Manager Liz Mitchell said it’s wonderful that women from Parkes can get a free mammogram locally without having to travel during this time.
“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 only takes 20 minutes and it could save your life,” she said.
“I encourage local women to make the most of this opportunity while the BreastScreen van is in Parkes to make a booking and be screened,” she said.
The unit is one of 11 upgraded vans in the state which are being rolled out to help support early detection for the one in eight women in NSW affected by breast cancer in their lifetime.
“Early detection is the key to improving the survival rate of breast cancer and mammograms can detect cancers before they can be seen or felt,” Liz said.
The unit is part of a NSW Government investment of $8.8 million to upgrade the BreastScreen NSW fleet with state-of-the-art vehicles and screening technology. The Federal Government contributed $4.4 million. 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; and improved air-conditioning and wheelchair accessibility.
Lachlan Health Councillor Lorraine Parker said the upgraded van is a great improvement because it uses the same technology and provides the same service as the BreastScreen service in Orange, without the need to travel.
“It's really important that women visit the van while it is in Parkes," she said.
The BreastScreen Mobile Unit will be stationed at the Little Theatre Car Park from 6 July - 14 August. It will then travel to Forbes, followed by Tottenham, Tullamore, Trundle, Peak Hill, Narromine and Molong.
Bookings can be made by phoning 13 20 50 or calling into the van.