IN A HUGE coup for women in the local region, the mobile BreastScreen clinic will be stopping by the Peregian Springs Shopping Centre in August and this free screening service will be available to women 40 years and over who have no symptoms.
Queensland women have a one in seven chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85 and this means that women can’t afford to skip checking their breasts and making the time for a check is crucial and potentially lifesaving.
BreastScreen Queensland Medical Director Dr Fiona Jackson said they are excited to bring the free service to this area.
“This will be the first time we will be taking the mobile service to the Peregian area and bringing the free service to the shopping centre will help make it more accessible for busy women.
“It can be hard for women to find time for themselves to have these regular health checks but it’s important they do,” Dr Jackson said.
“A breast screen takes around 30 minutes, and one every two years could literally save a woman’s life and ensure they are there for their family in the future.”
“What screening does is detect breast cancer earlier, so that it can be found when it’s small and confined to the breast,” Dr Jackson said.
Appointments start from 7.45am and a doctor’s referral is not required. Saturday morning appointments are available at Peregian Springs.
To make an appointment at the mobile service, or at one of the permanent sites in Maroochydore, Nambour or Noosaville, call 13 20 50 or visit breastscreen.qld.gov.au