Women from the Goondiwindi area are encouraged to get a free mammogram while the mobile breast screen van is in town from next month.
The mobile service will operate from Goondiwindi Hospital from 5 February until 15 March.
BreastScreen Queensland Toowoomba Service health promotion officer Alexandra Robbins-Hill said breast cancer was the most commonly diagnosed cancer for women on the Darling Downs, a trend that was reflected nationally.
“Across Australia, one-in-eight women hears the news that she has breast cancer,” Ms Robbins-Hill said.
“So far in the 2018-19 financial year our breast screen service has diagnosed more than 130 cancers in women who’ve had a mammogram with us.
“Early detection of breast cancer is so important as it can be found through a mammogram before it can be seen or felt.
“An early diagnosis can give women more treatment options and better health outcomes.”
Ms Robbins-Hill said the percentage of eligible women screened at some of our rural sites had dropped in the past few years.
“I really encourage women from rural areas to take advantage of having the screening service close to home every two years through the mobile van program.
“The mobile vans have state-of-the art technology and specialist radiographers like we do at our permanent site in Toowoomba, so we can provide the same level of service to more regional women.”
She said it was never too late for older women to book a mammogram.
“We actively target women from 50 to 74 years old to have two-yearly screens, as most diagnosed cases fall between these age groups, but we also urge women between 40 and 49 and over 75 to come in for a free mammogram,” Ms Robbins-Hill said.
“BreastScreen appointments only take around half an hour and they can save your life.
“A doctor’s referral is not needed to access this service.”
To schedule an appointment phone 13 20 50 or book online at https://www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au