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BreastScreen Queensland Toowoomba Service is celebrating its 30th birthday this week, as all women are being reminded about the importance of regular breast checks.
October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for Australian women,” Medical Director at BreastScreen Toowoomba Dr Heather Jeffery said.
“Sadly, one-in-seven women be diagnosed with breast cancer during their life.”
Since opening its doors in 1992, the Toowoomba BreastScreen Clinic has screened more than 444,000 women.
As well as a permanent clinic, the service also has a state-of-the-art mobile breast screening van that provides services to women in rural and remote areas.
“Last year we screened nearly 15,000 women through our Toowoomba clinic, located at 661 Ruthven Street and our mobile vans,” Dr Jeffery said
“Every one of those breast screens is so important to ensure the best health outcomes for our local women.”
Women aged from 40 years and over are eligible to receive a free breast screen through the service, as this is the best way to detect breast cancer early - well before you or your doctor can see or feel any changes.
Additionally, the BreastScreen Queensland Toowoomba Service will host a special event for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women on 1 and 2 November.
The two-day event is aimed at creating a welcoming space to encourage more First Nations women to be breast aware.
For more information about BreastScreen Queensland Toowoomba Service or to make an appointment visit www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au/ or phone 13 20 50.
A doctor’s referral is not needed to access this free service.