Ladies, it’s time to have a mammogram

The Breastscreen van will be in Crookwell from October 9-19. Phone 13 20 50 to book an appointment. A phone call may save your life!

The Breastscreen van will be in Crookwell from October 9-19. Phone 13 20 50 to book an appointment. A phone call may save your life!

The mobile BreastScreen van is in Crookwell from October 9-19 and a reminder is going out for women to book their mammograms.

It is one of two new mobile units for the service in the greater southern area.

The van will be located at the Crookwell Showgrounds, access via East Street.

The van helps support early detection for the one in eight women in NSW affected by breast cancer in their lifetime.

“This is a vital piece of health infrastructure, bringing potentially lifesaving cancer screening to women without the need to travel long distances to larger towns and cities,” Ms Cherie Puckett, Acting Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery for Southern NSW Local Health District, said.

“This mobile unit will screen women in Crookwell then move on to other areas of the Local Health District” Ms Puckett added.

The Cancer Institute NSW (CINSW) manages the state-wide breast screening program, which is delivered by the Screening and Assessment Services in Local Health Districts.

“In all, mobile BreastScreen NSW units bring services direct to more than 150 towns and cities across the state and travel a combined total of more than 50,000 kilometres every two years,” Sarah McGill, CINSW Screening and Prevention Director said.

“More than a quarter of all BreastScreen NSW mammograms are delivered from mobile services and more than half of all regional and rural women receive their breast screens in this way.”

“A woman diagnosed with breast cancer in NSW today has among the highest chances of survival in the world. However, we know that early detection is the key to survival,” Ms McGill said.

“These mammograms can detect cancers before they can be seen or felt. 

“It is vital for all women aged between 50 and 74 to have a mammogram every two years at BreastScreen NSW. It is a free service that could save your life. Women should call 13 20 50 to book a breast screen today.”

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