BreastScreen NSW is providing free screening mammograms to women aged 50-74 years from May 18 to 24 in Canowindra.
Women in the Western NSW Local Health District are being urged to have their regular breast screen even if they have no family history of breast cancer, as 9 in 10 women diagnosed with the disease have no hereditary links.
In Western NSW alone, approximately 174 women are diagnosed with breast cancer annually.
Despite these figures, only around one in two women in NSW are receiving their regular mammogram through BreastScreen NSW.
“The majority of breast cancers are diagnosed in women with no family history, which means it is absolutely vital that all women aged 50-74 receive their regular two-yearly mammogram. It is a free service that only takes 20 minutes and it could save your life,” NSW Health Promotion officer Gillian MacSmith.
One in eight women in NSW will diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and claims the lives of more than 900 NSW women each year.
For women over the age of 50, a screening mammogram is the best way of finding breast cancer early. Breast screening can find cancers before they can be felt or noticed
The BreastScreen Van will be at the Canowindra Showground from May 18 to 24, 2017. Call 132050 to make an appointment or simply drop into the van while it is parked at the Canowindra Showground.