For the first time in BreastScreen Victoria’s history, women from non-English speaking backgrounds are screening at a higher rate than the average statewide population.
The culturally and linguistically diverse breast screening participation rate has risen from 52% in 2011-2013 to 56% in 2012-2014, which is 2% higher than the statewide average of 54%.
“This is fantastic news. As we head into Cultural Diversity Week it is very pleasing to know that breast screening awareness continues to improve and women from non-English speaking backgrounds are choosing to prioritise their health and have a breast screen every two years,” said BreastScreen Victoria CEO Vicki Pridmore.
Keilor Downs breast cancer survivor Jean Tavares encourages all women not to be complacent about their health. The 64 year old has fought breast cancer four times.
‘‘Every woman should take time to care for her health. An early diagnosis means your survival rate is improved, as has happened in my case,” said Ms Tavares.
Hear more about Ms Tavares’ story below.
BreastScreen Victoria particularly encourages women aged 50 to 74 to screen as it is proven they are at most benefit from the program.
Women diagnosed with breast cancer are surviving significantly longer than ever before. The five year breast cancer survival rate now at more than 89 per cent and can be attributed to breast screening and improved treatment options.
To make a breast screen appointment book online at breastscreen.org.au or call 13 20 50.