BREASTSCREEN WA will conduct free breast cancer screening for the first time in it is mobile clinic at Claremont and Cottesloe next month.
“By taking the time to have a regular screening mammogram every two years, women will increase their chances of detecting breast cancer at an early stage, because early detection and treatment may save many lives,” BreastScreen WA medical director Liz Wylie said.
More than 75 per cent of breast cancers are in women over 50, and about nine out of 10 women who develop the condition do not have a family history of the disease.
Statistics indicate several western suburbs have some of the lowest screening rates from publicly-available services, but this may be due to women in the area having appointments at private clinics.
BreastScreen WA’s western suburbs screenings will target women over 40, and specifically those 50-74 with no symptoms of the condition.
Having the mobile clinic visit the western suburbs will allow the service to reach women unable or unwilling to go to its closest clinics in the Perth CBD and Cockburn.
“BreastScreen WA realises this may be a barrier for some women and encourages them to support this initiative of mobiles in the suburbs and book in for your free screening mammogram,” Dr Wylie said.
The mobile clinic has been made available after a permanent facility was opened in Mandurah recently.
The clinic will be at the Claremont Council carpark, 308 Stirling Highway during December 4 to 8, and at the Napier Street carpark, Cottesloe from December 11 to 15.
Bookings can be made at www.breastscreen.health.wa.gov.au or by calling 13 20 50.