Know your breasts: Westmead Breast Cancer Institute offers free Breastscreen awareness talks

27 Jan 2017

Do you know why it’s important to have a mammogram? Do you know what age you should start?

Westmead Hospital’s Breast Cancer Institute, which manages the BreastScreen program in western Sydney, is leading the cause to get women more involved with their breast health in 2017, offering free BreastScreen awareness presentations for local organisations.

The institute is keen to visit groups of women over 40 living in western Sydney, including sporting teams, book clubs, businesses and community bodies, who want to learn more about breast cancer awareness and the BreastScreen program.

The presentations cover topics like risk factors for breast cancer and symptoms, eligibility for having a mammogram with BreastScreen and where women can go in western Sydney to have a mammogram.

Westmead Hospital

Last year alone, there were nearly 50,000 women aged 50 to 74 across Western Sydney Local Health District who had not been screened for breast cancer.

BreastScreen health promotion officer Melissa Mackay said awareness of breast cancer and the need for regular mammograms was critical.

“One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime,” she said.

“If we can use these presentations to prevent women having to go through treatment for advanced breast cancer by encouraging them to screen regularly and detect breast cancer early, then it’s a positive thing.

“Having regular mammograms is the most effective way of detecting breast cancer early – when more treatment options are available and the chances of survival from the disease are the greatest.”

BreastScreen offers free mammograms for women age 50 – 74. It is also taking booking enquiries for groups of women over 40 who are keen to be screened.

For more information or to register your interest, contact the marketing team at BreastScreen Sydney West on (02) 8890 9481.