THE BreastScreen NSW mobile van is returning to Bowraville this month to provide free mammograms to eligible women.
The mobile unit will be located in Bowra St from Monday until Wednesday May 27. The service is free and no referral is 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 North Coast Jane Walsh said 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.
"Detecting breast cancer early increases your chance of survival while reducing the likelihood of invasive treatment, such as mastectomy or chemotherapy."
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," she said.
A BreastScreen NSW van in Bowraville makes it easier for women to attend their recommended two-yearly screening.
"Bringing these vital services to Nambucca LGA means more local women can participate and get the support they need," 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.
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