BreastScreen SA’s mobile screening unit is visiting Wudinna to provide free breast cancer screening for women in the district.
Screening appointments will commence in early November and will continue until mid-November, with the mobile screening unit located in the car park at the Wudinna Hospital on Richards Avenue.
BreastScreen SA promotions and education manager Karen Woodcock said the two biggest risk factors for breast cancer were being a woman and being over 50.
“Further, nine out of 10 women who get breast cancer have no family history of this disease,” she said.
“While breast cancer cannot be prevented, the best way to detect it early is by having a screening mammogram every two years.
“Screening mammograms can detect most breast cancers, including some too small to be felt.”
The earlier a breast cancer is found, the more chance a woman has of successful treatment.
“At BreastScreen SA, each woman’s X-rays are read by two, independent radiologists and the results are posted within 14 days,” Ms Woodcock said.
“Most women are then reassured that their mammogram shows no evidence of breast cancer.”
Ms Woodcock said one breast screen was not enough to last a lifetime.
“It takes just 10 minutes, and it could save your life,” she said.
“If you’re a woman aged 50 to 74, have a breast screen every two years on the mobile screening unit while it’s visiting Wudinna.”
Appointments can be made by calling BreastScreen SA on 13 20 50, or women can visit the website at www.breastscreensa.sa.gov.au to find out more about breast cancer screening.