BreastScreen Victoria encourages women aged 50 to 74 to be breast aware and book a breast screen during October, national breast cancer awareness month.
One in nine Victorian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. However, the statewide average participation rate for women in the target age group is just 54 per cent.
“The aging population means it’s more important than ever for all women from the age of 50 to 74 to have a breast screen every two years,” said BreastScreen Victoria CEO Vicki Pridmore.
Regular mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, before symptoms are noticed and when treatment is likely to be most successful.