With breast cancer among the most common causes of cancer deaths in women, BreastScreen SA is collaborating with the City of Playford to test more locals for the disease.
BreastScreen SA offers free breast cancer screening to women aged 50 to 74, aiming to find breast cancer early.
The organisation is providing women from the suburbs of Elizabeth, Davoren Park, Smithfield, Elizabeth North and Elizabeth East easier access to screening mammograms (breast X-rays).
“This is because these five suburbs are in the top-10 lowest participating suburbs in South Australia, with the lowest participation rate being 45% – this is a significant gap of 13% compared to the state’s overall participation rate,” BreastScreen SA’s Karen Woodcock said.
“To bridge this gap, BreastScreen SA is seeking to screen an additional 700 women between 50 to 74 years of age over the next two-year period.”^^ Why is it important to have a mammogram? This video explains.City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said Council and the YMCA will host BreastScreen SA’s mobile screening unit at the John McVeity Centre from 12 to 15 September 2017 and every two years thereafter, the recommended screening interval.
Along with screening at the John McVeity Centre, BreastScreen SA is providing free breast cancer screening in the car park of the Lyell McEwin Hospital from 19 to 29 of September, another initiative bringing breast cancer screening to women in the local area. Both mobile clinics are additional to the fixed screening clinic at Elizabeth GP Plus, where BreastScreen SA operates a clinic, with appointments available on weekdays.
“BreastScreen SA staff are very grateful for the support we are providing and are looking forward to working in partnership with Council, with the aim of increasing awareness of the importance of regular mammograms and subsequently increase screening rates for women across the Playford community,” Mayor Docherty said.