Women urged to get checked

MILDURA’S BreastScreen Victoria clinic hopes to see 238 women between the ages of 70-74 this year after having its program expanded.

Reaching out: BreastScreen Victoria is hoping more older women take advantage of its service this year.

Reaching out: BreastScreen Victoria is hoping more older women take advantage of its service this year.

A new funding agreement between the Commonwealth and Victorian governments will see BreastScreen Victoria receive $11 million over four years to increase screenings across the state to more women aged between 70-74.

The participation rate for BreastScreen Victoria’s Mildura clinic shows 58 per cent of women aged between 50 and 69 living in the area took advantage of the free service in 2011-13, which is lower than the BreastScreen Australia target of 70 per cent.

Organisers said they hoped a dramatic increase would be seen over the next four years to help combat the most predominant cancer among women.

BreastScreen Victoria hopes to screen an additional 12,500 from 2014 due to the expansion.

Last financial year the Mildura clinic screened 2500 people in all demographics and hopes to exceed that this year.

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