BreastScreen Victoria statistics show that over 1,500 women across Victoria, and 41 women in Frankston City alone, might have breast cancer. They don’t know it because they haven’t had a breast screen.
In Frankston City, 48% of women aged 50 to 74 had a breast screen between July 2015 and June 2017.
“This result tells us that over 8,000 women in Frankston City didn’t have a breast screen in the two years before June 2017. I hope we see this number decrease as more women prioritise their health,” said BreastScreen Victoria CEO Vicki Pridmore.
A breast screen every two years is an essential part of a woman’s wellbeing over the age of 50. Ms Pridmore encourages women in Frankston to take advantage of the mobile screening van visiting the area soon to have a free breast screen.
“You can support someone you know to have a breast screen. You can even go with them to their appointment. A breast screen takes just 10 minutes, is with a woman, and it’s free,” said Ms Pridmore.
75% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are over the age of 50, and the vast majority of them have no family history of the disease. Early detection gives women the best chance of successful treatment and recovery.
The van will be at 81 Young St, Frankston (car park next to Young St Medical & Dental) from 5 to 16 August 2019. Book online or by calling 13 20 50.