BreastScreen mobile screening van visiting regional communities

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Jenny Drake, Bonnie Mpinda, Heather Jeffery, Angela O’Shea and Maureen Caparas-Keogh

Jenny Drake, Bonnie Mpinda, Heather Jeffery, Angela O’Shea and Maureen Caparas-Keogh

Throughout the month of May, the BreastScreen mobile screening van will be visiting regional communities across the Darling Downs Health Service.

BreastScreen Queensland Toowoomba Service Medical Director, Dr Heather Jeffery said they look forward to returning to regional communities.

“Our screening van visits communities on a two-year cycle, and this year we’ll be stopping in Inglewood, Texas, Injune and Roma through May and June.”

Playing an instrumental role in women’s health, the BreastScreen van provides access to the latest diagnostic imaging to women in regional and remote areas in Queensland.

“We know that early detection and ongoing check-ups are incredibly effective in reducing the severity of breast cancer and that is why these regular visits across the health service are so important,” Dr Jeffery said.

“The screening process takes just 30 minutes and really is a potential lifesaver for many women.”

Dr Heather Jeffery

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian women, with nine out of 10 women diagnosed having no family history of the disease before.

BreastScreen Queensland recommends women aged between 50 and 74 years have a breast screen every two years. However, women aged 40 years and above are eligible to receive a breast screen.

A doctor’s referral is not needed to access the screening service.

The BreastScreen mobile screening van will be visiting the following communities:

  • Inglewood 3 – 12 May
  • Texas 13 – 18 May
  • Injune 19 – 24 May
  • Roma 25 May – 24 June.

For more information or to schedule an appointment phone 13 20 50 or visit www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au