Breastscreen WA holding free mammograms for women over 40 in Booragoon

Angela Hellewell (BreastScreen WA), Kay Jones (Swim School officer) and Sonya Schultz (BreastScreen WA). Picture: Martin Kennealey.
Angela Hellewell (BreastScreen WA), Kay Jones (Swim School officer) and Sonya Schultz (BreastScreen WA). Picture: Martin Kennealey.

FREE mammograms will be conducted by BreastScreen WA from a state-of-the-art mobile service stationed in Booragoon next month.

The clinic, to be staffed by a radiographer and receptionist, will be based at the LeisureFit Booragoon car park between February 5 and February 16.

Anyone over 40-years-old can register for the free screening, with BreastScreen WA keen to see people aged between 50 and 74 book their spot.

Seventy-five per cent of new breast cancer cases develop in women over the age of 50.

BreastScreen WA has 11 permanent screening clinics in WA.

But with the closest bricks and mortar centres for Melville residents being Cockburn and the Perth CBD, distance has been a barrier for people looking to utilise the service.

BreastScreen WA medical director Liz Wylie encouraged local women to take advantage of the offer.

“By taking the time to have a regular screening every two years, women will increase their chance of detecting breast cancer at an early stage,” Dr Wylie said.

“Early detection and treatment may save many lives.”

Book online at www.breastscreen.health.wa.gov.au or phone 13 20 50.