Women reminded to take time for their health

As the second month of 2018 slips by, women need a reminder to look after their own health and having a breast screen is a great start.

Dr Jane Brazier, Director of BreastScreen Queensland Brisbane Northside Service, encourages women aged 50 to 74 years to make an appointment for their breast screen as most breast cancers are found in this age group. However, women in their forties and over 75 years are also eligible to have a free breast screen. A GP referral is not required.

“Family comes first for most women, so finding time to look after their health can be quite hard. Making an appointment to have a free breast screen is a really good start for 2018 – it is easy to do and so important” Dr Brazier said.

Dr Brazier said that being a woman and getting older are the two main risk factors for developing breast cancer so every woman over the age of 40 should take note.

“A breast screen is the most effective method of detecting breast cancer at a very early stage even before a lump can be felt. Finding breast cancer at an early stage gives a woman the best possible chance for successful treatment and wellbeing,” Dr Brazier said.

BreastScreen Queensland has a service at Keperra. Located in the North West Community Health Centre in Corrigan St, appointments will only take 15-20 minutes.

Other Services are located at Chermside, Kippa-Ring, North Lakes, Indooroopilly and Brisbane City. Appointments can be made by phoning 13 20 50 or you can now book online at breastscreen.qld.gov.au.