Waverley BreastScreen celebrates first birthday

Published 6 August 2013 By smclean@breastscreen.org.au
Waverley BreastScreen celebrates first birthday

More than 8,500 women have attended the Waverley BreastScreen clinic since it opened one year ago.

However, BreastScreen Victoria CEO Vicki Pridmore is concerned local women are failing to prioritise their health by having a breast screen at the local clinic.

“The program participation rate is 56 per cent for women living in the Oakleigh electorate aged between 50 and 69. This is below the BreastScreen Australia target average of 70 per cent,” Ms Pridmore said.

Screening participation has fallen in recent months and many appointment slots remain unfilled. The low local participation in the program comes as a surprise to Waverley woman Dianne Taylor who was diagnosed with breast cancer following a mammogram in 2011.

“You are so much better off to have a regular mammogram and if there is something there, the earlier it’s found the better. If it’s all clear then you have peace of mind,” Ms Taylor said.

The professional coach and trainer was 51 when she underwent a lumpectomy and three months chemotherapy following the diagnosis.

“I couldn’t even feel the two cancers that were found after my mammogram.”

Her mother and sister have also been through breast cancer.

BreastScreen Victoria particularly encourages women aged 50 to 69 to screen as it is proven they are at most benefit from the program.

“The clinic provides about 180 appointments per week and provides convenient out of hours appointments including Saturday mornings,” Ms Pridmore said.

Oakleigh MP Ann Barker encouraged local women to make a booking.

“Participating in the screening program every two years is so important,” she said.

“The mammogram takes just 10 minutes, offers peace of mind and could even save your life.”

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.

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

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