BreastScreen NSW Greater Western’s new mobile breast screening unit will continue its 2016 tour of service in Warren following a busy 2015 travelling around the Health District.
BreastScreen NSW Greater Western’s new mobile breast screening unit will visit Nyngan from 11 – 26 February and local women are encouraged to make a booking to have a mammogram while it is in town.
The van will be located at the CWA Rooms on the corner of Thornton Avenue and Burton Street in Warren from 27 January – 9 February, 2016.
Health Service Manager of Warren Multipurpose Service (MPS) Alison Payne said it’s wonderful that local women can get a free mammogram locally without having to travel during this time.
“It is vital for all women aged 50 – 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 Warren to make a booking and be screened”.
The unit is one of 11 upgraded vans in the state which were rolled out last year 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,” Alison 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 servicefor analysis by radiologists and breast physicians; and improved air-conditioning and wheelchair accessibility.
Alison Payne said the upgraded van is a great improvement because it uses the same technology and provides the same service as the BreastScreen service in Dubbo, without the need to travel.
“It's really important that women visit the van while it is here," she said.
The mobile unit will travel to Nyngan, Brewarinna, Bourke, and Cobar next.
Bookings can be made by phoning 13 20 50 or calling into the van.