Women can get breast screens on Bribie Island in August

SUNSHINE Coast Hospital and Health Service's BreastScreen Queensland mobile van has rolled onto Bribie Island.

The van will be set up in the car park behind the Bribie Island Library at First Avenue, Bongaree during July and August.

Health promotion officer Kelly Hart said appointments were now available, including some in the late afternoon and on Saturday morning.

"It is always a really busy time for the mobile service whenever it comes to Bribie Island," Ms Hart said.

"At this time in 2013, more than 1400 local women were screened when our service was at Bribie. Many of these women will now be due for their bi-annual rescreen.

"There will also be many women that have received an invitation to attend BreastScreen for the first time.

"However it is not just women who receive a letter from BreastScreen Queensland who can participate in this free screening program."

"Women aged 40 years and over who haven't received a letter from BreastScreen but who would like to make an appointment with our Service can just call 132050. There are no referrals required," she said.

One in eight Queensland women will develop breast cancer at some stage in their life. As there is currently no means of preventing breast cancer, the focus in reducing deaths from this disease has been on finding breast cancer as early as possible.

BreastScreen Queensland provides free breast screening to women aged 40 years and over.

As the risk of breast cancer increases with age, all women aged 50-74 years are particularly encouraged to make an appointment.

"There is simply no need for women to put off having a breast screen any longer. It's quick, simple, free and our service is in Bribie for the next two months." Ms Hart said.

Phone 132 050 to make an appointment or for more information on the BreastScreen Queensland Service. Women aged 50-74 years are encouraged to attend.

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