Make time this October
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a timely reminder for eligible women to take advantage of the free BreastScreen Queensland Program.
Dr Jane Brazier, Medical Director of BreastScreen Queensland Brisbane Northside Service, said breast cancer will affect one in eight women by the age of 85.
“The good news is that finding breast cancer at an early stage increases the chances of successful treatment and wellbeing.
“A breastscreen is the best way of finding breast cancers early, even before they can be felt or other signs are noticed,” Dr Brazier said.
Dr Brazier said all BreastScreen Queensland radiographers are women and a doctor’s referral is not needed for this free service.
“It is important for women to make time for their own health. A breastscreen only takes 30 minutes every two years,” she said.
She also reminded women to be breast aware and to see a doctor as soon as possible if they notice any breast changes.
“Being breast aware means getting to know the normal look and feel of your breasts. You don’t need to be an expert or use a special technique to check your breasts,” she said.
“Changes to look out for include: any change of the shape, feel, size or colour of the breast, a lump, thickening, rash, any nipple changes or discharge, dimpling or puckering of the skin, unusual breast pain or any other breast changes that concern you.”
BreastScreen Queensland encourages women aged 50 to 74 years to have regular two-yearly breastscreens. Women in their forties, and 75 years and over are also eligible to attend.
Brisbane Northside services are available at Chermside, Brisbane City, Keperra, Kippa-Ring, North Lakes and Indooroopilly. After-hours appointments are offered including early morning and some Saturday appointments. Eligible women can book an appointment at their nearest service by phoning 13 20 50.
Doreen Orchard / Nadja Ibrahim, Health Promotion Officers BreastScreen Queensland Brisbane Northside Service.
Ph. 3049 1436 Email: Nadja.email@example.com