Breast Cancer screening

Written on the 2 December 2011

Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Health, who is also the Minister for Ageing. It is in relation to breast cancer and breast cancer screening. Many members of the house have probably been affected or know people who have been affected by breast cancer. It is the most common form of cancer in women in Victoria, with 3400 women in the state diagnosed with breast cancer and over 700 women dying from the disease each year, amounting to roughly 2 women each day, so it has a significant impact on women in particular and their families. Both of my grandmothers were diagnosed with breast cancer, so it is something I am very aware of in my family, and we take breast cancer screening very seriously.

 


Earlier this year I was pleased to see that a record $13 billion was provided in health funding in the budget, including new programs to improve health service delivery. BreastScreen Victoria is an important population health program that has been demonstrated across the board to reduce mortality and morbidity from breast cancer through early detection. Over the years there has been much improvement in the treatment of breast cancer, with early detection and technology that has had a significant impact in relation to women who live in rural and remote areas — they can get far more accessible diagnostic outcomes. I think all those issues are very good.

 


As I said, my adjournment matter is for the Minister for Health. The action I seek from the minister is for him to outline what he is going to be doing to increase support for further breast screening for Victorian women. As I said, this is a significant problem for Victorian women, and I am looking forward to the minister’s response in relation to that matter.


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