Getting screened for breast cancer if you are 40 or over can be done easily and for free with the mobile breast screening unit that is visiting Byron Shire during October.
Breast screening is an important health check for all women with nine out of ten women who are diagnosed having no family history of breast cancer. However, one of the groups who are consistently under screeining for breast cancer is the lesbian community.
‘As a result, women in this community are at a greater risk of not having an unfortunately common form of cancer detected and treated,’ said a spokesperson for ACON.
So while all women 40 and over can head to the Brunswick Valley Community Centre in Brunswick Heads for a breast screening between October 10 and 15, ACON is encouraging lesbians to come along on October 13 to get a breast screen and celebrate their community.
‘We are holding a mini-festival at the at the Brunswick Heads Community Centre to provide an opportunity for LGBTI women in the northern rivers to come together, celebrate their community and have fun, all while raising breast cancer awareness,’ said the ACON spokesperson.
‘There will be food, workshops, craft activities, lucky door prizes, live music, stalls, performances, dancing and more. We hope this will be the largest LGBTI women’s community event we have seen in this area for a while.’
Breast screening sessions for all
Breast screening will be taking place next to the Byron Bay Library between October 16 and November 6. Screening will be available at the Brunswick Valley Community Centre in Brunswick Heads between October 10 and 15. You can book a free screening by calling 13 20 50. A screening only takes 20 minutes and no referral is necessary.