Centre eases the strain

BreastScreen WA business manager Cynthia Leal.  Picture: Martin Kennealey         www.communitypix.com.au   d445772
BreastScreen WA business manager Cynthia Leal. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d445772

A NEW breast cancer screening service opened in Wanneroo yesterday as the population of women aged 40 to 74 in the district heads towards an expected growth of almost 20 per cent by 2021.

With pressure on local health services, BreastScreen WA has opened a clinic on Dundebar Road in Wanneroo at the ECU Health Centre.

The site replaces the former Joondalup clinic, with officials saying it provides easier access, an additional screening unit, more parking and improved facilities for women with disabilities.

Health Minister Kim Hames hoped the convenience of the centre would lead to more women having check-ups.

“The population in the northern suburbs is growing and this new clinic is well-placed to meet the increasing demand for breast screening services in the district,” he said.

The population of women aged 40 to 74 in the cities of Wanneroo and Joondalup is projected to grow from 70,756 (2014 estimate) to 82,980 by 2021.

BreastScreen WA provides free mammograms to women aged 40 and over, but targets women aged 50 to 74, who are advised to attend a screening every two years.

There is another local clinic in Padbury. Visit www.breastscreen. health.wa.gov.au to book an appointment.