Second Digital Mobile Screening Service Hits the Road

Published 16 May 2012 By beth.alcorn
Second Digital Mobile Screening Service Hits the Road

BreastScreen Victoria has named the bright pink van, fitted with the lastest digital breast cancer screening technology after Associate Professor Nina Sacharias who has been described as the 'Grandmother of mammography in Victoria.'

"The mobile service, run by BreastScreen Victoria, will boost access to life saving breast cancer screening for women living in rural Victoria," Mr Davis said.

"New digital technology inside the van enables mammography images to be captured more efficiently and be sent to radiologists over a broadband network.

"The van will drive to Kerang where it will stay until June 26, followed by stops in Swan Hill and Robinvale."

The first upgraded van was launched last September and is currently in Hamilton. In July it will travel to Beechworth then on to Yarrawonga, Corryong, Tallangatta, Mt Beauty, Myrtleford and Wangaratta.

This van will be named after the late mammogram pioneer and diagnostic radiologist Dr Marjorie Dalgarno who performed the first mammogram in Australia in the 1950s.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Victorian women and the leading cause of cancer death. One in 11 women will develop breast cancer by age 75.

In 2010 3,499 Victorian women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 763 died from the disease.

Mr Davis said the two mobile screening buses will collectively provide more than 14,000 BreastScreen appointments every year for women across rural and regional Victoria.

"The installation of digital technology in this mobile service is part of a planned, state-wide four year roll out, that will be made progressively available to all Victorian women accessing public breast screening services," Mr Davis said.

"The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to reducing the burden of breast cancer on Victorians in partnership with the Commonwealth providing over $35 million of recurrent funding to support the delivery of the BreastScreen program each year.

"The Victorian Government has provided $10 million to support roll out of digital mammography technology to BreastScreen services in Victoria. Additionally, the Commonwealth Government is providing $32 million over four years to Victoria as part of a national commitment to upgrade breast screening equipment across Australia.

Mr Davis said a BreastScreen appointment every two years is the best way to find breast cancer early and offers women the best chance of successful treatment and recovery.

"Thanks to improvements in treatment and early detection, five-year survival rates have increased from 72 per cent in 1985-89 to 89 per cent in 2005-09," Mr Davis said.

"I encourage all women aged 50 - 69 to phone BreastScreen Victoria on 13 20 50 and make an appointment."

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