Women Take Advantage Of Free Checks In Town

28 November 2012

Hundreds of women from Myrtleford and beyond have already taken the opportunity to make the most of a vital health check-up provided free through government funding.

The BreastScreen Victoria mobile van is based in Myrtleford until Wednesday, December 19 for any women wanting a free mammogram.

A target of 798 screenings was set for the mobile van’s visit to Myrtleford and as of Monday morning, 575 women had received a mammogram.

For Alison Gilbert of Bright, she’s very appreciative of the program, which has been very successful in servicing regional Victoria, and recently had her fourth visit to the
mobile van.

She’s also pleased the service sends out a reminder letter so she can make an appointment.

“It’s fantastic; it’s not something you put on the radar to do and you have to be prompted,” she said.

Appointments can be made by calling 132 050 or visiting the van situated on the corner of the Great Alpine Road and Lewis Avenue. A mammogram takes about 10 minutes to conduct and x-rays are checked on site before being sent to Melbourne where they two independent radiographers examine the x-rays.

Women of all ages should consult their doctor every 12 months for a breast check-up, and women between 50 and 69 should have a mammogram every two years.

The van will be in Wangaratta in early 2013 as part of a tour through the North East. 

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