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Monday, 20 November 2017

MAREE EDWARDS ENCOURAGES LOCAL WOMEN TO GET A BREAST SCREEN

Regular breast screens are an essential component of women’s well-being over the age of 50, and the Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards is taking up the challenge to encourage more women in the community to take up BreastScreen Victoria’s free program.

The latest BreastScreen Victoria participation statistics for women in the Mount Alexander Shire reveal that 53.5% aged 50-74 had a mammogram between July 2014 and June 2016. Across the state, the participation rate is 54%.

 “I’m calling on local women to prioritise a breast screen every two years, along with other important routine health checks,” said Ms Edwards.

 “This result tells us that 3548 women in the Mount Alexander Shire didn’t have a breast screen in the two years to the end of June 2016. I hope we see this number decrease as more women prioritise their health.

 “If you’re not yet in the 50-74 age bracket, perhaps you can support someone you know to have a breast screen. Maybe you can even go with them to their appointment – a breast screen takes just 10 minutes and is administered by a professional woman.”

Seventy-five percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer will be over the age of 50, the vast majority of whom will have no family history of the disease. BreastScreen Victoria targets women aged 50-74 with early detection giving women the best chance of successful treatment and recovery.

Appointments at the BreastScreen Victoria clinic at 375 Barnard Street  Bendigo or the Mobile BreastScreen unit at Maryborough can be made online at breastscreen.org.au or by calling
13 20 50.

 

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