Breast screening best option

BreastScreen WA�s mobile service will be at the Haynes Shopping Centre carpark, corner of Armadale Road and Eighth Road, until September 4.

According to BreastScreen WA, breast cancer is the most common life-threatening cancer for women and one in eight women in Australia will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

Having a screening mammogram (breast X-ray) every two years significantly increases the chance of a woman surviving breast cancer and reduces the amount of treatment required.

More than 75 per cent of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50.

BreastScreen WA medical director Dr Elizabeth Wylie said screening mammography was the most effective method for early detection of breast cancer.

�Screening every two years is vitally important to increase the chance of a breast cancer being detected when it is too small to feel or be noticed,� she said.

�Finding a cancer at this early stage often means that the breast cancer is small and more treatable.

�A free screening mammogram is one of the best things that women can do to look after their health. Breast screening saves lives and only takes 20 minutes.�

Screening mammograms can detect up to 90 per cent of breast cancers.

Any woman with a persistent change in a breast should see her doctor immediately.

For more information, visit the BreastScreen WA website www.breastscreen.health.wa.gov.|au.

Call 13 20 50 to make an appointment.