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BreastScreen urges women to love themselves with a free mammogram this Valentine's Day

14 February 2020

BreastScreen Queensland’s Rockhampton Service is joining the international month of love to remind Central Queensland women that a free breast screen could save their life.

“More often than not, women put everyone else’s needs before their own. Valentine’s Day is often seen as a day to remind someone how much you love them and BreastScreen is getting on the band wagon,” BreastScreen Queensland Health Promotion Officer Roxanne Hodda said.

Not only are we reminding all women that they need to be breast aware (and go to their doctor if they are concerned about anything), they may also love themselves by making the time to have their breast screen every two years if they are over 40.

“We are encouraging husbands and partners to remind their lady loves that if a breast cancer is found at an early stage there is a greater chance of successful treatment, meaning many more treasured Valentine’s Day celebrations together,” Mrs Hodda said.

Around 60% of eligible women are making the time (30 minutes every two years) to have their regular breast screen. This means that 40% of women are missing an important opportunity to have this free health check.

Statistics show the risk of breast cancer increases dramatically after the age of 50, but a breast screen every two years can detect it early.

Mrs Hodda said it was essential women look after their health and have regular breast screens.

“A breast screen is the best way to detect breast cancer early, well before a woman or her doctor can feel anything,” she said. “Early detection could save your life.”

All women aged between 50 and 74 are strongly encouraged to have a free breast screen every two years. Women aged 40 to 49 and over 75 are also eligible to attend for free.

A doctor’s referral is not required, so phone BreastScreen Queensland on 13 20 50 to make an appointment today.

Last updated: 13 February 2020

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