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Nambucca Shire Welcomes BreastScreen NSW Van

Mar 02, 2020

The BreastScreen NSW mobile van is returning to Nambucca Shire this month to provide free mammograms to eligible women.

The mobile unit will be located in Nambucca Heads from 2 March until 12 March 2020 in Bellwood Park, off Riverside Drive. The service is free and there’s no referral needed.

A mammogram can pick-up cancers that cannot be seen or felt. In NSW, one in seven women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. For women over 50 years, a mammogram is the most effective method of finding breast cancer early.

Director BreastScreen NSW (North Coast) Jane Walsh says a screening mammogram is one of the most important things women aged 50-74 can do for their health.

“A mammogram every two years takes just 20 minutes and it could save your life,” she said.

Many women believe they aren’t at risk of breast cancer because there’s no family history of the disease.

“Around 90 per cent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history. This is why breast cancer screening is so important for all eligible women.”

Ms Walsh said having a BreastScreen NSW van in Nambucca Heads makes it easier for women to attend their recommended two-yearly screening. 

“Bringing these vital services to the Nambucca Shire means more local women can participate and receive support,” she said. “Life gets busy and we want women to make their health a priority.”

BreastScreen NSW mobile vans include the latest digital mammography technology and secure wireless communication system. The NSW Government, through the Cancer Institute NSW, is investing $62.2 million in breast cancer screening this financial year.

Book a mammogram with BreastScreen NSW via 13 20 50 or email: book.breastscreen.nsw.gov.au

Year-round screening services are available at BreastScreen NSW clinics at Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

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