Free breast cancer screening in Port Pirie

BreastScreen SA’s mobile screening unit is visiting Port Pirie in May 2017 to provide free breast cancer screening (breast X-rays) for more than 2 200 local women.

Screening appointments commence in late May and will conclude in mid- August 2017, with the mobile screening unit located in the car park of Port Pirie GP Plus Health Care Centre, 50 Gertrude Street, Port Pirie.

BreastScreen SA Promotions and Education Manager, Karen Woodcock, said the two biggest risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and being over 50.

“Further, nine out of 10 women who get breast cancer have no family history of this disease,” Ms Woodcock said.

“While breast cancer cannot be prevented, the best way to detect it early is by having a screening mammogram every two years. Screening mammograms can detect most breast cancers, including some too small to be felt.”

The earlier a breast cancer is found, the more chance a woman has of successful treatment.

“At BreastScreen SA, each woman’s X-rays are read by two, independent radiologists and the results are posted within 14 days,” Ms Woodcock said.

“Most women are then reassured that their mammogram shows no evidence of breast cancer.”

“One breast screen is not enough to last a lifetime. It takes just 10 minutes, and it could save your life,” said Ms Woodcock.

“If you’re a woman aged 50 to 74, have a breast screen every two years on the mobile screening unit while it’s visiting Port Pirie.”

Appointments can be made by calling BreastScreen SA on 13 20 50, or women can visit the BreastScreen SA website find out more about free breast cancer screening.