BreastScreen digital mobile service out and about in Toowoomba

BreastScreen radiographers Jenny Drake and Carmel Doolan
BreastScreen radiographers Jenny Drake and Carmel Doolan

BreastScreen's state-of-the-art digital mobile service will visit two Toowoomba locations this month.

Shenaed Bliss, Health Promotion Officer at BreastScreen Queensland's Toowoomba Service, said the accessibility of the mobile service provided a great opportunity for local women to look after their health.

"The mobile service is always very well received when it visits locations in and around Toowoomba," Ms Bliss said. "The mobile service will be outside Coles Supermarket, Wilsonton Shopping Centre from 8-12 February and then at Woolworths Drayton Central, Brisbane Street Drayton, from 15-19 February.

"We visited Coles at Wilsonton for the first time in November last year and had a great response so it seemed fitting to kick the year off at that location. "The mobile service gives those women who can't make it in to our clinic at Toowoomba Hospital a great opportunity to book in for their first breast screen, or to come back for a regular two-yearly screen.

"We know that early detection is vital so if you haven't been keeping up-to-date with important health checks, now's the time to do so." Ms Bliss said women aged 40 and over should have a breast screen every two years. "In 2016 more than 15,000 Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer," she said.

"One in eight Queensland women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and of those 90 per cent will have no family history of the illness," she said. "That's why we encourage all women aged 40 and over to have a free breast screen every two years, and also be sure to carry out regular breast checks. "If you find something unusual, or have any concerns about your breast health, see your GP as soon as possible."

Women aged 40 and over should phone 132050 to book a free breast screen with the mobile service.

A doctor's referral is not required. Additional information:

- The BreastScreen Queensland Toowoomba Service is located at Toowoomba Hospital and is operated by Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service (DDHHS).

- In the 2014-15 financial year free breast screening was provided to 18,928 women across the area covered by DDHHS

- One in eight Queensland women will develop breast cancer in their life, with 90 per cent having no family history of the illness.

- A breast screen every two years is the best way to detect breast cancer early, well before you or your doctor can feel anything.

- Free breast screening is available to all women aged 40 and over at the BreastScreen Queensland Toowoomba Service, at Toowoomba Hospital, or at our state-of-the-art digital mobile service, which travels to rural and regional locations.

- A breast screen appointment at Toowoomba Hospital generally takes less than 30 minutes from arrival to departure, with parking available onsite.

To schedule an appointment or find out more, call 132 050.

Topics:  breastscreen mobile service seniors toowoobma

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