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3 September, 2021

Free BreastScreen Service to visit Dimbulah and Chillagoe

BreastScreen Queensland Cairns Service will be providing free breast screens in Dimbulah and Chillagoe in the coming weeks.


Their Mobile Service will visit the Dimbulah Primary Health Centre from 8-15 September, followed by the Chillagoe Primary Health Centre from 16-17 September.

Ms Sandra Peut, Health Promotion Officer at the Service, said that this was the first time that their new Mobile truck Kukuwam (meaning hibiscus in the Torres Strait Creole language) was visiting the area.

“The new truck will continue to provide access to the latest breast cancer screening digital technology, meaning that women in Dimbulah and Chillagoe and surrounds benefit from this state-of-the-art free Service when it visits the region every two years.

“Regular two-yearly screening at BreastScreen Queensland offers peace of mind, and our dedicated female staff will set your mind at ease and answer any questions you may have.”

One in seven women in Australia will develop breast cancer at some stage in their life. A breast screen is the best way to find breast cancer in its earliest stages for better health outcomes.

“A breast screen can detect small abnormal changes, often before they can be seen or felt by a woman or her doctor,” Ms Peut said.

“Early detection can save your life, providing the best chance of effective treatment, increased survival, and improved quality of life.”

Women aged between 50 and 74 are strongly recommended to have a breast screen every two years, as 75% of breast cancer diagnoses are in this age group. Women in their 40s and those aged over 75 are also eligible for the free service every two years.

Appointments can be made by phoning 13 20 50 or online at www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au.

 

BreastScreen Mobile Service Screening Details

  • Dimbulah Primary Health Centre, Stephens Street               8 – 15 September 2021
  • Chillagoe Primary Health Centre, Hospital Avenue               16 – 17 September 2021

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