Mobile Screening Service Arrives in Gisborne

Published 5 April 2013 By smclean@breastscreen.org.au
Mobile Screening Service Arrives in Gisborne

Nina, the BreastScreen Victoria mobile screening service, has rolled into Gisborne.

Radiographers aim to screen 1303 local women at the van from April 5 to June 3.

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.

Sunbury woman Geraldine Wilson was 48 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I’m a nurse and I knew that I should have had a regular mammogram, but I waited six years between two,” said Mrs Wilson.

Geraldine underwent a lumpectomy, double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

“If I hadn’t put it off for so long the prognosis might not have been so bad,” she said.

“I have an absolutely wonderful husband, friends and family and I don’t know how I would have pulled through it all without them.”

She urges other women to take action and make an appointment.

“Do not put off going to have a breast screen because you can’t always see any difference, you can’t always feel any difference and if you do, it can be too late,” she said.

BreastScreen Victoria figures show 56 per cent of women aged between 50 and 69 living in the Macedon electorate take advantage of free mammogram services. The figure is well below BreastScreen Victoria’s 70 per cent target.

Member for Macedon Jo Duncan welcomes the arrival of the service to town.

“Breast screening can save lives, it is as simple as that. We are so lucky to have this great service on our doorstep," Ms Duncan said.

“It only takes approximately 10 minutes, it’s not invasive and it gives great peace of mind. It’s the best way of finding cancer early before any symptoms are noticed and when treatment is likely to be most successful.”

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.

“We all know that finding cancer early saves lives and I hope women in neighbouring areas such as Clarkefield, Riddells Creek, Bolinda, Monegeetta, Romsey and Macedon will take advantage of the service,” Ms Duncan said.

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

 

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