Free BreastScreen service moved to August

Free BreastScreen service moved to August

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There’s been a change of date for the Armadale mobile BreastScreen service.

BreastScreen WA’s free screening mammogram service will now be parked at the Haynes Shopping Centre from June 24 to August 23.

Women 40 years and over with no symptoms are eligible for a free screening mammogram.

Breast cancer is the most common life-threatening cancer for women and 1 in 7 women in Australia will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

Having a screening mammogram (breast x-ray) every two years significantly increases the chance of a woman surviving breast cancer and reduces the amount of treatment required. More than 75 percent of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50.

Research shows that screening is most effective for this age group.

BreastScreen WA’s Medical Director Dr Elizabeth Wylie, said screening mammography was the most effective method for early detection of breast cancer.

“Screening every two years is vitally important to increase the chance of a breast cancer being detected when it is too small to feel or be noticed”, she said.

“Finding a cancer at this early stage often means that the breast cancer is small and more treatable”.

“A free screening mammogram is one of the best things that women can do to look after their health. Breast screening saves lives and only takes 20 minutes”.

To make your free screening mammogram appointment – book online at www.breastscreen.health.wa.gov.au or call 13 20 50.