Women reminded to take time for their health

Women are being encouraged to take time to look after their health by being breast aware and having a regular breastscreen.

Dr Jane Brazier, Medical Director of BreastScreen Queensland’s Brisbane Northside Service, reminded women aged 50 to 74 years to make an appointment for their breastscreen, as most breast cancers found are in this age group. Women in their 40s and over 75 years are also eligible to have a free breastscreen.

“Family comes first for most women, so finding time to look after their health can be quite hard,” Dr Brazier said.

“Making an appointment to have a free breastscreen is a really good start for 2016 and is easy to do.”

Appointments only take about 20 minutes and can be made by phoning 13 20 50. A doctor’s referral is not required.

Dr Brazier said being a woman and getting older were the two main risk factors for developing breast cancer.

“A breastscreen is the most effective method of detecting breast cancer at a very early stage, even before a lump can be felt,” she said.

“Finding breast cancer at an early stage gives a woman the best possible chance for successful treatment and wellbeing.”

Dr Brazier also encouraged women to be breast aware by getting to know the normal look and feel of their breasts.

“If you notice any changes, please make an appointment to see your doctor without delay.”

BreastScreen Queensland Services are located at North Lakes, Chermside, Kippa-Ring, Keperra, Indooroopilly and Brisbane City.

2017-12-01T04:47:07+00:0029 January 2016|
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