Victorian women aged 70 to 74 are invited and reminded to have a breast screen every two years, following a Federal and State Government announcement today.
BreastScreen Australia’s target age range has been extended by five years, from women 50 to 69 years of age to women 50 to 74 years of age.
As a result, BreastScreen Victoria CEO Vicki Pridmore says the organisation expects to screen an additional 12,500 women aged 70 to 74 in 2014-15.
‘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,’ says Ms Pridmore.
Deepdene woman Sally Crisp felt compelled to book her regular breast screen in September last year before jetting off on a trip to Africa.
‘I had no symptoms at all, and didn’t give the breast screen or results any further thought,’ says Mrs Crisp.
When she returned home in October, she opened a letter recommending that she undergo further testing.
‘They found two malignant areas, one on the left and one on the right. They were small, but they were grade three. I was in total disbelief.’
Sally underwent a lumpectomy on both breasts and was treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.