The latest Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) BreastScreen participation statistics have revealed a five per cent increase in the number of women using the program.
The ATSI breast screening participation rate has risen from 34% in 2011-2013 to 39% in 2012-2014.
“The participation rate is still well below the average rate of 54%, but it’s a significant increase within a two year period,” said BreastScreen Victoria CEO Vicki Pridmore.
Aboriginal Health Coordinator Deb Mellett was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. She’s now fully recovered and in good health and urges women to book in for a breast screen once every two years.