LOCAL women in older age groups are being encouraged to make their health a priority, and book in for a free breast screen today.
"We know some ladies, especially those in the 75-plus age bracket, may think they're too old to have a breast screen, or don't need to maintain their two yearly checks anymore," said BreastScreen Queensland Toowoomba Service health promotion officer Nicola Garrett.
"In fact it's never too late and that's why we are urging older women to book now.
"We do actively target women from 50 to 74 years old, because the majority of cases diagnosed do fall within that age group, but we also urge women from 40 to 49 years, and those 75 and over, to have free regular two-yearly breast screens."
Toowoomba resident and BreastScreen volunteer Shirley Meehan is living proof that a breast screen for women over 75 can be a life-saver.
"I'd had no trouble for a lot of years, but in 2014, while I was volunteering with BreastScreen, I thought I'd better make an appointment," Mrs Meehan said.
"It's a good thing I did because in 2014 I was diagnosed with cancer in the left breast and then in 2015 I was diagnosed with cancer in the right breast."
Mrs Meehan has been through her own treatment journey and is living an active life that still includes volunteering at BreastScreen in Toowoomba.
The BreastScreen Queensland Toowoomba Service is located at 661 Ruthven St (the old Spotlight building - parking is off Warner St). To schedule an appointment or find out more, call 132050.