Residents encouraged to take advantage of free cancer screening services

Local residents are encouraged to make their health their priority by taking advantage of a number of free cancer screening services.

The screening services, some of which are provided by the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service, are one way to ensure the best of health.

"Statistics show that one in two Australian men and one in three Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85," DDHHS Queensland Bowel Cancer Screening Program Health Promotion Officer Claire Condon said.

"Despite these large statistics, there are still a large number of eligible local residents who don't take advantage of the free cancer screening services available to them."

Bowel, breast and cervical cancer screening services are provided free of charge to all eligible Australians.

The DDHHS provides free breast cancer screening services to women aged over 40 years at the BreastScreen Queensland clinic located at the Toowoomba Hospital, and through its stateof- the-art mobile service which regularly visits rural and regional communities across the Darling Downs and South West.

Free cervical screening (pap smears), as well as other women's health advice, is available to all women through the Mobile Women's Health Clinic service which is staffed by registered nurses who visit dozens of towns stretching from Monto in the south to Taroom in the west, Toogoolawah in the east and Texas in the south.

"The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program is a little different to the other cancer screening services," Ms Condon said.

"Eligible men and women aged between 50 and 75 years receive their free bowel cancer screening kit in the mail. This fuss-free, at-home testing kit is a simple way to detect bowel cancer.

If caught early, up to 90 per cent of cases can be treated successfully."

Where to get more information

• National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: http://www.cancerscreening.gov.au/ or phone 1800 118 868

• BreastScreen Queensland: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/breastscreen/ or phone 13 20 50

• Cervical Screening Program: http://www.cancerscreening.gov.au/ or phone 13 15 56

• Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service's Mobile Women's Health Service: Dalby and North Downs contact 4669 0517 or 0427 636 513; South Burnett and North Burnett contact 4169 8203 or 0408 762 170; Toowoomba and Southern Downs contact 4616 6809 or 0419 669 340.


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