Women in Tenterfield have better access to free potentially lifesaving breast screening. The BreastScreen NSW mobile van will be in town from mid-February, providing free mammograms to eligible women.
A mammogram can pick-up cancers that cannot be seen or felt. In NSW, one in seven women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. For women over 50 years, a mammogram is the most effective method of finding breast cancer early.
Sunbo Olalere, Director BreastScreen Hunter New England NSW, says a screening mammogram is one of the most important things women aged 50-74 can do for their health.
"A mammogram every two years takes just 20 minutes, and it could save your life.
"Detecting breast cancer early increases your chance of survival while reducing the likelihood of invasive treatment, such as mastectomy or chemotherapy."
Many women believe they aren't at risk of breast cancer because there's no family history of the disease.
"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."
A BreastScreen NSW van in Tenterfield makes it easier for women to attend their recommended two-yearly screening.
"Bringing these vital services to Tenterfield means more local women can participate and get the support they need.
"Life gets busy, and we want women to make their health a priority."
The BreastScreen NSW van will be in town February 17 to March 6 in the public carpark next Rouse Street (next to Tenterfield Council). The service is free, and no referral is 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.
Book a mammogram now with BreastScreen NSW. Phone 13 20 50 or book.breastscreen.nsw.gov.au.
Year round screening services are available at BreastScreen NSW clinics in Newcastle and Tamworth.