During Women’s Health Week it’s a good idea to make a checklist of things to check. One of those things is your boobs and this week, the mobile breast screening van will be visiting Evans Head.
BreastScreen NSW provides free mammograms to eligible women aged between 50 and 74 across the State.
BreastScreen NSW is taking all necessary measures in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), to protect women, staff and the wider community. This includes: pre-screening questions around personal health and travel; limiting the number of people in the clinic/van; practicing social distancing and providing hand sanitizer in waiting rooms; a minimal contact check-in process, and; additional cleaning of equipment and commonly used surfaces.
Director BreastScreen North Coast Jane Walsh, says a screening mammogram is one of the most important things women aged 50-74 can do for their health.
‘Detecting breast cancer early increases your chance of survival while reducing the likelihood of invasive treatment, such as mastectomy or chemotherapy,’ said Ms Walsh.
‘Around 90 per cent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history. This is why breast cancer screening is so important for all eligible women.’
Ms Walsh says having a BreastScreen NSW van in Evans Head and Coraki makes it easier for women to attend their recommended two-yearly screening.
‘Bringing these vital services to the Richmond Valley means more local women can be screened. Life gets busy and we want women to make their health a priority.’
The BreastScreen NSW van will be in Evans Head from 9 until 24 September and will be located behind the new HealthOne building on Woodburn Street. The BreastScreen van will then visit Coraki on 28 and 29 September and be located at Coraki Campbell HealthOne on Surry Street.
The service is free and there’s no referral needed.
BreastScreen NSW mobile vans include the latest digital mammography technology and secure wireless communication system. The NSW Government, through the Cancer Institute NSW, is investing $62.2 million in breast cancer screening this financial year.
To book a mammogram with BreastScreen NSW, call 13 20 50 or visit: book.breastscreen.nsw.gov.au.