Noel Harvey 14 January, 2020
Published on 14 January 2020
For women aged over 50, a breast screen might just save your life.
Nina, BreastScreen Victoria’s hot pink van, rolled into town last week and is offering free screen to women until Friday 24 January at Princes Park, off Park Road.
A breast screen can finder cancer as small as a grain of rice, long before a woman or her doctor can see or feel anything.
The screens are only 10 minutes long and are conducted with a female radiographer in a friendly and safe environment.
Referrals or a Medicare card are not needed.
According to Cancer Council, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in Australia (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) and the second most common cancer to cause death in women, after lung cancer.
The risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85 is one in eight for women.
There is some good news, however.
The overall five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 90 percent. If the cancer is limited to the breast, 96 percent of patients will be alive five years after diagnosis.
To all the women in the Central Goldfields Shire – don’t be like us men and put off seeing a health professional.
Appointments can be made by calling 13 20 50 or online at www.breastscreen.org.au
What do you have to lose?