WHEN the BreastScreen Queensland Toowoomba Service first started in 1992 they had 4500 women a year, this year its target is 19,000 women and it has just celebrated its 350,000th breast screen.
Pam Boulton has had 12 breast screens in the past 24 years and was the services's 350,000th screen yesterday.
"It's a lot of women, that's a lot of breasts," Ms Boulton joked.
"It's a big number for this area and it's been in three different buildings since I have been going."
Ms Boulton, 65, started coming to the service at 40-years-old after she was told to by a doctor.
Her sister eventually died from breast cancer at age 61, and while Ms Boulton was already getting screens, it has prompted her to continue.
"Better to know there is nothing than to wonder if," she said.
Ms Boulton said in the 24 years she had been coming the machines had improved and were much less painful.
The Toowoomba BreastScreen service had been at two locations at the Toowoomba Hospital before moving to its current location on Ruthven St in July last year.
Radiographer Carmel Doolan has been in her job for more than 50 years with 22 of them in Toowoomba.
"One in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer," Ms Doolan said.
"The mortality rate we have got down to a very low percentage because we are diagnosing them a whole lot earlier."
Ms Doolan said women 40 and over should have a mammogram every two years.
"Pam has been a wonderful patient. She always comes back when she's requested to come back," she said.