Source: Government of Queensland
Headline: Mother’s Day a good reminder to book a breast screen
This Mother’s Day, a new Queensland Health campaign is calling on family members and friends to encourage the women in their lives to book a breast screen.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said the ‘One more thing’ campaign asks Queensland women to do something for themselves.
“It’s important to have a conversation with your loved ones and prioritise regular health checks, particularly for breast cancer,” Mr Dick said.
“Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women and the second highest cause of cancer-related deaths in Queensland women.
“One in eight women will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime.
“The good news is, early detection saves lives and has contributed to the improvement in breast cancer five year survival to 90%.
“Women aged between 50 and 74 years are the most at risk group and need to make booking a priority.”
BreastScreen Queensland introduced a new online booking system in December 2016. Since then, there have been over 17,000 online bookings by Queensland women.
“The new online booking system is user friendly and has been hugely successful in allowing women to put their health first,” Mr Dick said.
“Around 18% of those who’ve booked online are new to the BreastScreen Queensland program.
“I congratulate all the women in Queensland who have taken advantage of this new easy-to-use system and booked a breast screen this year.
“We know life can get busy which is why we’ve simplified making a BreastScreen appointment.
“It’s just one of the many ways we are moving towards our goal of Queenslanders being the healthiest people in the world by 2026,” Mr Dick said.
Women aged 50 to 74 are encouraged to have a breast screen every two years. It’s free and only takes 30 minutes.
For more information or to make an appointment online visit www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au or call 13 20 50.
A Queensland Health promotional video can be downloaded from https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/wduNK6b0OT or found on the Queensland Health Facebook page.
Michelle Wellington 0437 323 834