Breast clinic opens

MINISTER for Health Lawrence Springborg visited Gladstone Base Hospital yesterday morning to officially open the new BreastScreen Clinic.

More than 314 women have been screened in the first month of operation, with Mr Springborg predicting more than 3000 women would walk through the doors this financial year.

The new facility will provide Gladstone women with year-round access to free breast screening facilities.

"Women from Gladstone and surrounding areas have previously had access to BreastScreen Queensland services through its mobile unit," he said.

"However women now have the convenience of access to the static service at Gladstone Hospital."

A breast screen every two years is the most effective way to detect breast cancer early, particularly for women aged 50-69 years.

Women in that age group are encouraged to phone 13 20 50 to book a free breast screen.