Member for Mildura, Peter Crisp, today released participation statistics for women in the electorate who participate in the free BreastScreen program.
“I am encouraged that 64% of women in the Mallee are having a regular mammogram every two years,”Mr Crisp said.
“Whilst this is more than 10% higher than the state participation rate, women need to continue their commitment to screening every two years because finding cancer early saves lives.
“The biggest risk factor for breast cancer is being a woman over 50 years of age. With one in nine women getting the disease, the free mammogram screening program is the best way of finding cancer early before any symptoms are noticed and when treatment is likely to be most successful.
Screening services in Mildura area available at Sunraysia BreastScreen, 5 Healthscope Court, Mildura 3500.
Over 225,000 women in Victoria aged between 50-69 are screened each year.
Bookings are required so call 13 20 50 or go online to
www.breastscreen.org.au to get an appointment today.