BreastScreen Victoria attended a luncheon for Indigenous women in Robinvale yesterday, as part of breast screening initiative “I Pink I Can”.
The luncheon, hosted at the Murray Valley Aboriginal Cooperative, provided local Indigenous women with direct access to BreastScreen’s Mobile Screening Service. The van travels Victoria and provides free breast screens to women aged 50-74.
The luncheon was a collaboration between BreastScreen Victoria, Murray Valley Aboriginal Cooperative, Murray Primary Health Network, Mallee District Aboriginal Services, McGrath Foundation and Cancer Council Victoria.
In addition to free screens, women attending the lunch were able to participate in yarning circles about women’s health as well as craft activities including aroma therapy heat bag making, cup cake decorating and pot plant decorating. The first 30 women aged over 40 who registered to be screen also received a professional bra fitting and bra.
BreastScreen’s Mobile Screening Service visits Robinvale every two years. The van’s last visit in 2014 saw 60 per cent of Indigenous women aged 50 to 69 book a breast screen.
One in eight women will get breast cancer, and regular breast screens are the best way to find breast cancer early, before any symptoms are noticed and when treatment is likely to be most successful.
BreastScreen Victoria particularly encourages women aged 50 to 74 to take advantage of the free breast screening service and have a breast screen every two years.
Make a booking online or call 13 20 50.