Ladies, we must remember how important it is to get checked, finding cancer early improves your chances of successful treatment and long-term survival. Regular mammograms can reduce your risk of breast cancer death by 25%.
BreastScreen SA’s mobile screening unit is visiting the Adelaide Showgrounds at Wayville to provide free breast cancer screening (breast X-rays) for around 200 local women. Invite your girlfriends to brunch and follow it with a trip along to your free screening.
Screening appointments will commence on Tuesday 8 January 2019 and conclude on Friday 11 January 2019, with the mobile screening unit located in the Wayville Showgrounds under the Stratco shelter at the western end of the Stirling Angas Hall, opposite the CWA building.
BreastScreen SA Promotions and Education Manager, Hannah Spackman, said the two biggest risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and being over 50.
“Further, nine out of ten women who get breast cancer have no family history of this disease,” Ms Spackman said.
“While breast cancer cannot be prevented, the best way to detect it early is by having a screening mammogram every two years. Screening mammograms can detect most breast cancers, including some too small to be felt.”
The earlier a breast cancer is found, the more chance a woman has of successful treatment.
“At BreastScreen SA, each woman’s X-rays are read by two, independent radiologists and the results are posted within 14 days,” Ms Spackman said.
“Most women are then reassured that their mammogram shows no evidence of breast cancer.”
“One breast screen is not enough to last a lifetime. It takes just 10 minutes, and it could save your life,” said Ms Spackman.
“If you’re a woman aged 50 to 74, have a breast screen every two years on the mobile screening unit while it’s visiting the Wayville area.”
Appointments can be made by calling BreastScreen SA on 13 20 50, or women can visit the website at breastscreensa.sa.gov.au to find out more about breast cancer screening.