Echuca BreastScreen Clinic Launch

Published 19 December 2012 By
Echuca BreastScreen Clinic Launch

Victorian Health Minister David Davis officially opened the new BreastScreen Victoria Clinic in Echuca today.

Until now, the BreastScreen Victoria Mobile Screening Service visited Echuca every two years. The new fixed service clinic is located at the hospital and is in response to population data which shows an increase in women ageing into the program.

The screening technology at the new clinic is fully digital and brings the latest state-of-the-art technology in breast cancer screening to local women.

“Digital technology allows for an increase in capacity, flexibility and sustainability in screening services,” said BreastScreen Victoria’s acting CEO Cathy McDonald.

In April this year, Moama resident Valeese Mabbitt was diagnosed with breast cancer following a routine mammogram at the van in Echuca.

“I had a mammogram every two years for two decades. Only this time they found a tiny lump which was very aggressive,” said Mrs Mabbitt.

She underwent surgery and radiation and is now recovering well. The brave breast cancer survivor encourages women not to put off making an appointment for a mammogram.

“It’s important that women make the time for the appointment, don’t be afraid, just do it because it’s free and it can save your life,” she said.

Regular screening 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 50 to 69 are targeted by BreastScreen Victoria as they are at most benefit from mammographic screening. Women from the age of 40 and over 69 are also eligible for a free mammogram once every two years.

The latest BreastScreen Victoria participation rate report card for the electorate of Rodney shows that 60 per cent of women aged between 50 and 69 living in the area took advantage of the free service in 2010-2012.

“BreastScreen Victoria aims increase the participation rate to 70 per cent by 2014,” said Mrs McDonald.

The project was delivered through a partnership between the Commonwealth and State Governments, BreastScreen Victoria and service providers. It is supported by $10m in Victorian funding and a commitment by the Commonwealth Government of up to $32m.

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