Member for South Barwon calls for boost in breast screening participation

Member for South Barwon, Andrew Katos today released participation statistics for women in the South Barwon electorate who participated in the free BreastScreen Victoria program.

“I am encouraged that between 2012 to 2014, there were 59 per cent of women in the South Barwon electorate having a regular mammogram every two years,” Mr Katos said.

“This is higher than the state participation rate of 54 per cent but it is still under the BreastScreen Australia target rate of 70 percent.

“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.  More than 4,000 Victorian women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and we know that early detection is key to surviving breast cancer.

“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.”

BreastScreen Victoria has 39 permanent screening clinics and 8 assessment clinics. The Mobile Screening Service visits 29 locations every two years. Women can attend any screening clinic that is convenient.

Bookings are required so call 13 20 50 or go online to https://www.breastscreen.org.au/Find-a-Clinic to make an appointment today.