Make a date with BreastScreen

A NEW phase of the BreastScreen Queensland campaign encourages women over 50 to stop making excuses and make an appointment in a bid to increase their two-yearly participation in breast cancer screening.

Dr Ellen Dooris, Director of the BreastScreen Queensland Gold Coast Service says only 53 per cent of local women aged 50 to 69 years, participate regularly within Queensland Health's free breast cancer screening program.

“The BreastScreen Queensland campaign aims to increase participation of women from this target age group by 30 per cent,” Dr Dooris said.

“It allows women to hear the facts about breast cancer and the BreastScreen Queensland Program, plus also addresses the barriers to women attending.

Key breast cancer facts were presented in the first part of the campaign following research that showed women lacked factual knowledge.

“Facts included that most women diagnosed with breast cancer are over 50 and have no family history, and that having a breastscreen is the best way to detect breast cancer early,” Dr Dooris said.

Dr Dooris believes that the second part of the campaign addresses other barriers identified.

“Research found many women find excuses to put off having their breastscreen.

“We encourage women to take the time to attend an appointment, which takes around 30 minutes every two years and could save their life,” she said.

The BreastScreen Queensland Program provides free high quality breast cancer screening services to women aged 50 to 69 years.

Women in their 40's and 70 years and over, who have no breast cancer symptoms are also eligible for a free breastscreen.

For more information phone 132 050 or visit www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au.



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