Georgie Crozier MLC Calls For Boost In Breastscreening Participation (07.11.2012)
Written on the 9 January 2013Member for Southern Metropolitan Region, Georgie Crozier MLC, today released participation statistics for women in the electorate who participate in the free BreastScreen program.
“As a former healthcare professional I am encouraged that 56% of women in the Oakleigh District are having a regular mammogram every two years,” Ms Crozier said.
“This is higher than the state participation rate of 55% yet women need to continue their commitment to screening every two years because finding cancer early saves lives.
“The biggest risk factor for breast cancer is being a woman over 50 years of age. With one in nine women getting the disease, the free mammogram screening program is the best way of finding cancer early before any symptoms are noticed and when treatment is likely to be most successful.
There are 66 screening centres available across Victoria including mobile van sites. Some offer out of hours appointments, including Saturdays and group bookings are available.
Over 225,000 women in Victoria aged 50-69 screen each year.
Bookings are required so call 13 20 50 or go online to www.breastscreen.org.au to get an appointment today.
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