Book A Breastscreen Examination Today
Local women are being urged to make an appointment for a regular mammogram at the BreastScreen NSW unit at Port Macquarie Base Hospital.
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said, “October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is the perfect time to make an appointment for an examination.
“More than half of NSW woman aged between 50 and 74 fail to have a potentially life-saving mammogram every two years with a ‘lack of time’ being the most common reason.
"Breast Cancer is the leading cause of cancer in women in this state with one in eleven developing the disease by the age of 75 and one in nine by the age of 85.
“The high-risk group is women aged 50 to 69, who account for more than 87 per cent of all deaths from breast cancer each year," Mrs Williams said.
“In NSW 12 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every day, but early detection improves the chance of survival.
"Early detection means more treatment options are available and the chance of survival improves dramatically.
"Mammograms save lives - it's as simple as that!
“BreastScreen NSW provides a free mammographic screening program to aid the early detection of breast cancer. It targets the high-risk age group.
"While women aged over 40 are eligible, I urge all women in the age group of 50 to 74 to contact BreastScreen NSW and book a screening today," Mrs Williams said.
To make a booking, call 13 20 50.
Posted on 4 Fri, October, 2013
by Leslie Williams