Local women urged to screen for breast cancer

11 November 2016


Thursday 10 November 2016

 

Women across the Euroa electorate are being urged to book a breast screen to ensure cancer is detected early.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan today released the latest participation statistics for women in the Euroa electorate who participate in the free BreastScreen Victoria program.

“It is estimated that this year more than 16,000 Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and the devastating reality is that it will include women from our region.

“Just 52.6 per cent of women in the Euroa electorate were screened for breast cancer in last two years,” Ms Ryan said.

“The good news is that we are marginally higher than the state participation rate of 52.3 per cent for women aged between 50 to 74 but there are still 4,905 women who did not get screened in the past two years.  

“Taking that 10 minutes out of your day once every two years to visit a BreastScreen Victoria clinic for a free screen could be the difference between life and death.”

BreastScreen Victoria CEO Vicki Pridmore said women need to continue their commitment to screening every two years because finding cancer early saves lives.

“The biggest risk factor for breast cancer is being a woman over 50 years of age. With one in eight Victorian women diagnosed with the disease, having a breast screen is the best way of finding cancer early before any symptoms are noticed and when treatment is likely to be most successful,” Ms Pridmore said.

Seventy-five per cent of women diagnosed will be over the age of 50, the vast majority of whom will have no family history of the disease.

BreastScreen Victoria recruits women aged between 50 and 74 with early detection to give women the best chance of successful treatment and recovery. 

You can find your nearest BreastScreen Victoria clinic or book in for the mobile bus at www.breastscreen.org.au or by calling 13 20 50.

 

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