BreastScreen launch new mobile unit for North Coast

WOMEN across the Northern NSW and Mid-North Coast Local Health districts will have more chance for early detection with BreastScreen NSW North Coast today launching its new Mobile Unit.

The unit is part of a NSW Government investment of $8.8 million to upgrade the existing BreastScreen NSW fleet with state-of-the-art vehicles and screening technology.

The Federal Government contributed $4.4 million.

The units will help support early detection for the one in eight women in NSW affected by breast cancer in their lifetime, Director of BreastScreen NSW North Coast Service, Jane Walsh said.

"This is a vital piece of health infrastructure, bringing potentially lifesaving cancer screening to women without the need to travel long distances to larger regional towns", Ms Walsh said. 

This mobile unit will visit Ballina, Bonalbo, Bowraville, Byron Bay, Casino, Dorrigo, Evans Head, Grafton, Iluka, Kempsey, Kyogle, Maclean, South West Rocks, Uki, Urbenville and Yamba.

Enhancements in the new vehicles include:

  • upgraded digital mammography equipment;
  • a secure wireless communication system for instant transfer of diagnostic images to Lismore BreastScreen Service for analysis by radiologists;
  • Wheelchair accessibility.

More than 30% of all BreastScreen NSW North Coast mammograms are delivered from the mobile service.

"A woman diagnosed with breast cancer in NSW today has among the highest chances of survival in the world. However, we know that early detection is the key to survival," Ms Walsh said.

Mammograms can detect cancers before they can be seen or felt. If detected early, survival from breast cancer can be as high as 97 per cent.

It is vital for all women aged between 50 and 74 to have a mammogram every two years at a BreastScreen NSW clinic.

It is a free service that could save your life. No doctor's referral necessary.

Women are encouraged to call 13 20 50 to book an appointment today.

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