Take Time for a Breast Screen

17 January 2013

A BreastScreen Victoria radiographer says women are not making testing a priority.

Jane Haynes hopes a service, free in Wangaratta until May, will encourage more women to get the test done.

“Recent research suggests that there are four distinct mindset groups of women who under-screen,” she said.

“The majority have poor priorities, (those) who know they should have a screen but who haven’t made the time.

“Regular mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, before any symptoms are noticed and when treatment is likely to be most successful.”

Women aged 40 to 69 are eligible for a free mammogram but those from 50 to 69 are particularly encouraged to take up the offer.

The screening takes 10 minutes, is free and should be done every two years.

The BreastScreen van is located at the IGA car park at Wangaratta Plaza on Docker Street until May 31.

Clients must book an appointment, which are available Monday to Friday, by calling 13 20 50.

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