Easy way to be screened for breast cancer in the Darling Downs
Breast cancer is one of the biggest killers of Australian women, but Darling Downs Health is taking an active stance against it, and is encouraging all women to get their necessary checks.
Breast screening appointments can be booked for Darling Downs residents thanks to the arrival of the mobile screening van in the region.
BreastScreen Queensland Toowoomba service health promotion officer Alexandra Robbins-Hill said appointments were still available.
“The mobile van is in Millmerran and we have appointments available on 22, 28, and 29 January and 1 February,” she said.
“Our mobile service visits rural locations on a two-yearly cycle so if you’re due for a breast screen please call today to make an appointment.”
The mobile service will also be visiting Goondiwindi from March 23 to 24; Surat from March 25 to 27; and St George from March 29 to April 9.
Ms Robbins-Hill said she assured the community BreastScreen was taking all necessary steps to address the risk around COVID-19.
“Women can access breast screening services with our mobile van which visits rural communities and also at our clinic at 661 Ruthven Street Toowoomba,” she said.
“We are taking some extra precautions including using masks, hand sanitising and social distancing, so if you’re due for your two-yearly screen, please don’t hesitate, call today to make an appointment.
“Having a breast screen can’t stop a woman from developing breast cancer but it can improve the chance of the disease being detected early when there are increased treatment options.
“Early detection provides an opportunity for early treatment, which can reduce the length and severity of illness, and save lives.”
BreastScreen Queensland recommends women aged between 50 and 74 years have a breast screen every two years.
A doctor’s referral is not needed to access the breast screening service.
Please contact Alexandra Robbins-Hill on Alexandra.Robbins-Hill@health.qld.gov.au or 4616 6107, if you have any concerns, or need to discuss transport to the van’s locations.
For more information or to schedule an appointment phone 13 20 50 or visit www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au
Originally published as Easy way to be screened for breast cancer in the Darling Downs