Breast checks expanded

MORE than 300 Sunraysia women are set to benefit from a federal government expansion of its free national breast screening program to include women aged between 70 and 74.

Health: More Sunraysia women will be able to get their breasts checked under a federal program.

Health: More Sunraysia women will be able to get their breasts checked under a federal program.

It is the first time women in the age bracket have targeted for breast screening awareness, with the program previously ending for women when they turned 69.

The Federal Government will spend $55 million to deliver an extra 220,000 breast screens across the country in a four-year trial of the expansion. 

Women in the 70 to 74 age bracket will be sent notifications encouraging them to book in for breast screening.

BreastScreen Victoria spokesperson Natasha Levy said there were 1000 women in the age bracket in Mildura and the organisation expected to screen at least 300 in the next financial year.

“We are really excited about it because we know age and being a woman are the two biggest risk factors for breast cancer,” she said.

“For all women aged over 50 in Mildura, it is really important to have a breast screen every year.”

More than 55,000 women are screened for breast cancer across Victoria annually.

Sunraysia Community Health Services’ women’s health consultant Anne Watts said breast screening could detect cancer even before women noticed any changes in their breasts, and she urged women in the age bracket to take up the opportunity.

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