More women booking breast screens

12 May 2014 10:27 AMJann Stuckey

12 May 2014

Gold Coast women are embracing Queensland Health’s free breast screen service, with numbers well exceeding the annual screening target.

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP said 24,450 breast screens had been carried out on the Gold Coast in the period 1 July 2013 – 31 March 2014.

“Research shows having regular, two-yearly breast screens is still the most effective way to detect breast cancer early,” Ms Stuckey said.

“I am delighted to see so many Gold Coast residents taking up this service, and I encourage all women aged 50-74 years of age to book an appointment.

“The annual screening target for the Gold Coast is 29,050, and these early numbers show we are well on the way to meeting it.

Ms Stuckey urged women to use the free service, which is provided at over 200 locations throughout Queensland using a network of 11 screening and assessment services, 22 satellite services and nine mobile services including the deployment of a four-wheel drive for remote communities.

“Please don’t underestimate the importance of breast health, particularly the benefits of regular screening for women over the age of 50,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer and the second biggest killer of all cancers in Queensland women. While most women are aware of breast cancer, unfortunately many are still not taking the steps necessary to detect the disease in its early stages.”

BreastScreen Queensland provides free breast cancer screening to women aged 50 to 74, while women in their 40s and over the age of 75 can also access screening.

Women can book their breast screen by calling 13 20 50.