Women aged 40 and over are encouraged to take advantage of BreastScreen Queensland’s state-of-the-art digital mobile service when it visits Inglewood and Texas next month.
BreastScreen Queensland Health Promotion Officer Shenaed Bliss said the accessibility of the mobile service provided a great opportunity for women to look after their health while remaining in their local communities.
“The mobile service visits selected rural locations every two years and is always very well received,” Ms Bliss said.
“This is a great opportunity for women to book in for their first breast screen, or to come back for their regular two-yearly screen.
“We know that early detection of women’s cancers provides the best chance of survival and quality of life, so if you haven’t been keeping up-to-date with these important checks, now is the time to do so.”
The mobile service will be located at the Inglewood Multipurpose Health Service from 11 to 19 April and at the Texas Multipurpose Health Service from 20 to 27 April.
Ms Bliss said women aged 40 and over should have a breast screen every two years, and women aged 18 and over should have a pap smear every two years.
“In 2015 more than 15,000 Australian women were diagnosed with breast cancer,” she said.
“One in eight Queensland women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and of those 90 per cent will have no family history of the illness.
“That’s why we encourage all women aged 40 and over to have a free breast screen every two years, and also be sure to carry out regular breast checks.
“If you find something unusual, or have any concerns about your breast health, see your GP as soon as possible.”
Women aged 40 can phone 13 20 50 to book a free breast screen with the mobile service.
A doctor’s referral is not required.
Additionally, the Inglewood and Texas communities are served by the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service’s Mobile Women’s Health Service.
This service is free, confidential and coordinated by registered nurse Barbara Milne who can provide advice about sexual health, continence, menopause, contraception and general wellbeing as well as provide cervical screening (pap smears).
Contact either the Inglewood Multipurpose Health Service on 4652 0777 or the Texas Multipurpose Health Service on 4653 3203 for more information about the Mobile Women’s Mobile Health Service