BreastScreen Toowoomba Service has screened its 400,000th woman since its inception in 1992. This milestone coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, celebrated every October.
BreastScreen Toowoomba Service Health Promotion Officer Alexandra Robbins-Hills said the screening was a momentous occasion.
â€œEvery one of these screens has played a vital part in working towards better health outcomes for women across the Darling Downs,â€ Ms Robbins-Hill said.
â€œBreast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for Australian women, with one-in-seven women hearing the news that she has breast cancer,â€ Ms Robbins-Hill said.
â€œWe are trying to create greater awareness of this disease and encourage as many women as possible to regularly have breast screens. Early detection is so important as the cancer can be found through a mammogram before it can be seen or felt. It also gives women greater treatment options.â€
This year the BreastScreen Toowoomba Service has screened 13,425 women, with capacity to take many new clients. Alongside the clinic, state-of-the-art mobile breast screening vans travel the Darling Downs region providing free mammograms to eligible women in rural areas.
â€œA doctorâ€™s referral is not needed to access these services,â€ Ms Robbin-Hills said. BreastScreen Queensland recommends that women aged between 50 and 74 years have a breast screen every two years.
Women in their 40s and 75 years and over are also eligible for free breast screens. BreastScreen Queensland Toowoomba Service is located at 661 Ruthven Street. There is free parking available off Warner Street.
To schedule an appointment phone 13 20 50 or book online at https://www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au
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