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Free breast cancer screening at Wujal Wujal, Hope Vale and Cooktown

23 August 2019

BreastScreen Queensland Cairns will be providing free mammograms in Wujal Wujal, Hope
Vale and Cooktown during September and October.

The free service is available for all women aged over 40 years. Women aged between 50 and 74 in particular are strongly recommended to have a breast screen every two years.

The Mobile BreastScreen Service will visit the Wujal Wujal Primary Health Centre from 17–19 September, and the Hope Vale Primary Health Centre from 23–26 September, followed by Cooktown across from the Courthouse on Charlotte St/Esplanade from 30 September to 17 October.

BreastScreen Queensland Cairns Health Promotion Officer Sandra Peut said local women were encouraged to attend the free service while it was in their area.

“Our mobile service visits the region every two years, and we urge women to take advantage of this opportunity by booking a free breast screen,’’ she said.

“Regular two-yearly screening offers peace of mind, and our dedicated female staff will set your mind at ease and answer any questions you may have.”

Ms Peut said one in seven women in Australia would develop breast cancer at some stage in their life.

A breast screen was the best way to find breast cancer in its earliest stages for better health outcomes, she said.

“A breast screen, or screening mammogram, can detect tiny abnormal changes, often before they can be seen or felt by a woman or her doctor,” Ms Peut said.

“Early detection can save your life, providing the best chance of effective treatment, increased survival, and improved quality of life.”

Appointments can be made by phoning 13 20 50 or online at www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au

Mobile BreastScreen Service Schedule:

  • Wujal Wujal: 17–19 September, in front of the Primary Health Centre
  • Hope Vale: 23–26 September, in front of the Primary Health Centre
  • Cooktown: 30 September – 17 October, across from the Courthouse on Charlotte St / Esplanade

No GP referral needed.

Last updated: 18 September 2019