BreastScreen NSW Greater Western’s new mobile breast screening unit will visit Cobar from 23 March – 21 April and local women are encouraged to make a booking to have a mammogram while it is in town. Pap tests will also be available at Cobar Community Health Centre during the same time period.
Cobar Health Service Manager Mary Urquhart said it’s wonderful that local women can get a free mammogram and pap smear 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.
“Women aged between 18 and 69 who have even been sexually active also need to have a pap test every two years to ensure any abnormal cells are detected early”.
Mary encourages local women to make the most of this opportunity while the BreastScreen van is in Cobar to make a booking and be screened and to also book in a pap test at the same time.
“Early detection is the key to improving the survival rates of both breast and cervical cancer and mammograms and pap smears detect cancers before any symptoms are apparent”.
The mobile Breast Screen 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.
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.
Mary 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 van will be located at the Council Administration Building Carpark, Linsley Street, Cobar from 23 March – 21 April.
Bookings for BreastScreen can be made by phoning 13 20 50 or calling into the van. To book a pap test please call Abbie Josephson at Cobar Community Health on 6830 2100.