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Acting breast care nurse from The McGrath Foundation, Sally Haley, provides information about breast cancer with Jannet Walter.
Acting breast care nurse from The McGrath Foundation, Sally Haley, provides information about breast cancer with Jannet Walter. Matt Taylor

THE BreastScreen Queensland Wide Bay Service mobile van will miss the North Burnett this month and instead will visit Murgon, Cherbourg and Maryborough.

BreastScreen Queensland Wide Bay Service Manager Di Dingle said the van only came to the region every two years and was not expected until 2019.

"The BreastScreen Queensland Wide Bay Service mobile van visits Mundubbera every two years. The frequency of visits aligns with the clinical recommendation that women between the ages of 50 and 74 have a mammogram every two years,” Mrs Dingle said.

"The BreastScreen Queensland Wide Bay Service mobile van visited Mundubbera and the neighbouring North Burnett towns of Gayndah, Eidsvold, Monto and Biggenden in February and March of this year.

"The van is scheduled to return again to these towns in February and March of 2019.”

Mrs Dingle acknowledged that some people may have missed the appointments earlier this year but said they could attend in the Wide Bay later this month.

"If anyone missed out on attending an appointment at the mobile van we encourage them to visit our clinics at either Bundaberg or Hervey Bay,” she said.

"Alternatively the van will be available for appointments at Maryborough between October 23 and November 10. No referral is needed and you can book a convenient appointment time by calling 13 20 50.”

Mrs Dingle said it was particularly important for indigenous women to have a mammogram as their rate of breast cancer has increased since 2016.

"Lifting the BreastScreen participation rate for indigenous women is really important,” she said.

"Our 2016 data shows only 46.3% for indigenous women between 50 and 74 years of age have had a mammogram, which is well below the overall Wide Bay participation rate.”

To make an appointment at any of the mobile van clinics you can phone 13 20 50.

Topics:  breast cancer breast cancer awareness month mammogram wide bay burnett wide bay hospital and health service


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