BreastScreen’s famous pink van is coming to the Peninsula.

For women aged 50 to 74, breast screens are the best way to find breast cancer early, when treatment is most successful.

Mornington:
4th – 15th November, 2019
The Bays Hospital (front car park)
Vale Street, Mornington

Hastings:
18-22nd November, 2019
Woolworths (carpark) 11/23

Call 13 20 50 or visit www.breastscreen.org.au for more information or to book.

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Breast cancer could be present in fifty one unscreened peninsula women.

Over 1500 women in Victoria aged 50–74 may have breast cancer and not know it- and 51 of them are living on the Mornington Peninsula. However, BreastScreen Victoria and their pink mobile screening van, Nina, are on the way to help.

Data from BreastScreen Victoria has indicated that the screening rate in the area is below the Victorian average. In fact, on the Mornington Peninsula, only 63% of women aged 50 to 74 had a breast screen between July 2015 and June 2017.

Screening mammograms can detect breast cancer early and increase chances of survival, but BreastScreen Victoria’s CEO Vicki Pridmore says almost 280,000 women across the state have not had their recommended screening mammogram in the past two years.

“We need to significantly increase the numbers of women screening and in turn reduce the numbers of women dying from this disease,” says Ms Pridmore.

“Breast cancer is the second biggest cancer killer of Australian women, yet only half of all eligible women in the BreastScreen Victoria target age group are being screened regularly. A breast screen can find cancer as small as a grain of rice, long before a woman or her doctor can see or feel anything.”

But there’s good news- BreastScreen Victoria’s mobile screening van is coming to Mornington and Hastings! Residents can receive a free breast screen without a doctor’s referral or Medicare card. All screens are conducted with a female radiographer and only take ten minutes.
BreastScreen Victoria’s mobile screening van will be in the following locations:

Mornington:
4th – 15th November, 2019
The Bays Hospital (front car park)
Vale Street, Mornington

Hastings:
18-22nd November, 2019
Woolworths (carpark) 11/23
Victoria Street, Hastings

Call 13 20 50 or visit www.breastscreen.org.au for more information or to book.