Reminder for women to get abreast of cancer worry

GET CHECKED: Queensland Health radiographer Julie Priest is visiting Gladstone’s BreastScreen clinic in time for Mother’s Day.
GET CHECKED: Queensland Health radiographer Julie Priest is visiting Gladstone’s BreastScreen clinic in time for Mother’s Day. Brenda Strong

WITH Mother's Day around the corner, Gladstone women are reminded to look after themselves and make an appointment for a breast screen.

BreastScreen Queensland no longer has a mobile bus service that visits the region, but instead has a permanent service based at the Gladstone Hospital with visiting radiographers.

As the bus service used to visit in May, many women who used the mobile service are now due for their two-year check-up.

To ensure all of these women are able to get appointments, BreastScreen is currently running over two solid weeks at a time.

Queensland Health radiographer Julie Priest has just finished a two-week block at Gladstone Hospital, before returning again on May 26.

She said around Mother's Day was a good time to book an appointment, because the occasion served as a reminder.

"If you use something as a marker it's something that will trigger your memory down the track," she said.

The service is open based on demand, but Ms Priest encouraged women to take advantage of the two-week period when there were extra appointments available.

"We're trying to do a concerted effort at the moment because everybody who used to use that bus is due around now."

Breast screening takes around 20 minutes and is free for women over 40.

Appointments can be made by calling 13 20 50.

FAST FACTS

  • BreastScreen has contributed to a 30% reduction in breast cancer deaths.
  • BreastScreen staff are all female.
  • Nine out of 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.


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