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Chinchilla challenged to “paint the place pink” for BreastScreen

17 August 2018

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The Chinchilla community has been issued a challenge to "paint the place pink" to promote that women can receive a free mammogram while the BreastScreen Queensland mobile service is in town.

BreastScreen Queensland Toowoomba Service health promotion officer Alexandra Robbins-Hill said if local organisations "paint the place pink" and send through photos of their entries to bsq_toowoomba@health.qld.gov.au they could win one of three $100 gift cards.

"We have three categories – pharmacies, retail stores and GP clinics - who can choose to decorate their front counters, windows or other spaces with pink items including decorated bras to promote that women can access the vital service locally.

"We’d really appreciate the support of the local community to help us reach as many women as possible to let them know they can book in for a breast screen."

Ms Robbins-Hill said the mobile service visited selected rural locations every two years, the recommended timing for most women to have their screens.

"The mobile vans include state-of-the-art digital equipment which ensures women in more rural and remote locations can conveniently access such a high-quality service," Ms Robbins-Hill said.

"This is a great opportunity for women to book in for their first breast screen, or to come back for their regular two-yearly screen.

"Early detection of women’s cancers provides the best chance of survival and quality of life, so if you haven’t been keeping up-to-date with these important checks, now is the time to do so."

Ms Robbins-Hill said all women aged 50 to 74 were encouraged to attend, although women over 40 and over 75 were still eligible.

The mobile service is located at Chinchilla Hospital until 6 September 2018.

Phone 13 20 50 to book a free breast screen with the mobile service. A doctor’s referral is not needed.

Last updated: 28 September 2018