Statistics suggest more than 30 women are likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the Far West Local Health District area.
With that in mind that BreastScreen NSW are urging eligible women to book their free breast screen this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women in NSW, with one in seven being diagnosed in their lifetime.
“More than 75% of breast cancers occur in women over 50 and we know that screening saves lives by finding breast cancer early,” said Professor Tracey O’Brien, Chief Cancer Officer NSW and CEO of the Cancer Institute NSW.
“There are many reasons why women may put off their breast screen. Some feel that without a family history they are not at risk, some say they are too busy, and others fear embarrassment about the procedure.
“We need women to know that breast cancer can happen to anyone.
In fact, nine out of 10 women who develop breast cancer have no family history.
BreastScreen NSW staff are highly trained and support women through the process.
Screening provides great peace of mind,” Prof O’Brien continued.
BreastScreen NSW recommends all women aged 50-74 years have a breast screen every two years.
It takes just 20 minutes. Call 13 20 50 to book an appointment or book online at the QR Code below.