Bayside Women Urged to Focus on Good Health

Published 13 February 2013 By smclean@breastscreen.org.au
Bayside Women Urged to Focus on Good Health

Women are failing to prioritise their health by having a breast screen at the Elsternwick clinic.

Screening participation has fallen dramatically in recent months and many appointment slots remain unfilled.

The 2010-2012 program participation rate in the Caulfield electorate is 53 per cent, which is lower than the statewide average participation rate of 55 per cent, and the target of 70 per cent.

This came as a surprise to local breast cancer survivor Andrea Venier.

The 56 year old Clayton woman has been through breast cancer twice and urges women to make a breast screening appointment.

“You have to do it, if you catch breast cancer early there is a much better chance of survival,” Ms Venier said.

BreastScreen Victoria particularly encourages women aged 50 to 69 to screen as it is proven they are at most benefit from the program. Women from the age of 40 and over 69 are also eligible for a free mammogram once every two years.

Brighton woman Edith Gordon has also battled breast cancer and had a full mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy following her diagnosis.

“You need to know your body and make sure that you have a mammogram,” Ms Gordon said.

The ladies believe in the importance of looking after their health and regularly participate in the Pink Pilates program at Glenhuntly Road Physiotherapy.

Pink Pilates helps women diagnosed with cancer regain physical strength, improve body confidence, regain a sense of control and incorporate exercise into their lifestyle.

“I walk out feeling invigorated and it has given me a lot more strength,” Ms Gordon said.

“I was exhausted, but I felt fit when I did pilates, it has been a savior. I don’t get as much pain and it has been great for my general health and well-being,” Ms Venier said.

Certified Pink Pilates Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist, Luci Minogue was the first Pink Pilates practitioner in Melbourne to offer the unique program to patients.

“There’s a lot of research showing the exercise can help reduce the recurrence of cancer, we recommend two and a half hours a week,” Ms Minogue said.

Classes run twice a week at Glenhunty Road Physiotherapy in Elsternwick and at Inner Strength of Bayside in Cheltenham.

To make an appointment for a mammogram, call 13 20 50 or book online at www.breastscreen.org.au.

 

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