Don’t miss the BreastScreen Bus in Glenorchy this month

DID you know breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Tasmanian women? In fact, one in every seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 85.

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – an ideal time to shine a light on breast cancer, its impact on the community, and the importance of breast screening.

Dylan Sutton, the Director of Population Screening and Cancer Prevention for the Department of Health, is encouraging women over the age of 40 to screen for breast cancer every two years.

“Chances are you know someone who has been impacted by breast cancer, and our key message is the earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chance of successfully treating and surviving it,” he said.

“The good news is that an X-ray of the breast, referred to as a mammogram, can detect up to 90 per cent of breast cancers and is absolutely the best way to find cancer early.

“A mammogram can detect breast cancer before it can be felt, takes only 20 minutes and is easy to do.”

BreastScreen Tasmania provides free mammograms for women over the age of 40, operating clinics in Hobart and Launceston and two fully equipped BreastScreen Buses that visit 30 regional and rural locations across the state.

The BreastScreen Bus will be based at the Glenorchy City Council Chambers (on the corner of Main Road and Tolosa Street) from 17 October to 16 December.

Dylan said it was important to remember that screening once was not enough, and that a nine out of ten women who are diagnosed with breast cancer don’t have a family history.

“If you are over the age of 40 it’s important to BreastScreen every two years to find changes early,” he said.

“We are particularly encouraging women between the ages of 50 and 74 to make an appointment, because we know in Tasmania only 60 per cent of women aged 50-74 screen with BreastScreen Tasmania regularly.

“We would love to see that number increase so we can help save lives.”

To make an appointment with the BreastScreen Bus or the BreastScreen Hobart clinic phone 13 20 50.

For more information about breast screening visit www.health.tas. gov.au/health-topics/ cancer-screening/breast- screening

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