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Non-English speaking women risk their lives

Just one in three Victorian women from some non-English speaking backgrounds have regular breast screens, according to data released by BreastScreen Victoria.

The latest BreastScreen Victoria statistics show that women from German (35%), Dutch (41%), Tagalog (46%), Polish (47%) and Serbian (48%) speaking homes are screening at well below the general Victorian participation rate of 54% for women aged 50 to 69.

BreastScreen Victoria CEO Vicki Pridmore says these figures are concerning and she urges women of all backgrounds to take advantage of the free service.

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