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Get your free breast check



Westmead’s Breast Cancer Institute (BCI) has set up its mobile van at Wenty Leagues until Friday, June 2.

 

The BreastScreen van, staffed by female breast screening specialists, will be stationed at the Wentworthville club, giving eligible women the chance to have a free breast check.

 

It is recommended that women aged 50 to 74 have regular mammograms every two years.

 

A mammogram takes just 15 minutes and is vital, given one in eight women in NSW will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Nine out of 10 women who develop breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease.

 

Westmead BCI director Associate Professor Nirmala Pathmanathan encouraged women to make time for their health and keep up regular screening.

 

Bookings: 13 20 50. Wenty Leagues is at 50 Smith Street, Wentworthville.

 

“Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Australian women, with almost 16,000 women diagnosed every year,” she said.

 

“However, only half of all women in the target age group are being regularly screened in western Sydney. Finding breast cancer in its early stages can save lives, so we need to raise awareness about the importance of screening.”

 

Wenty Leagues marketing manager Gina Skinner said the club was thrilled to host the van.

 

“Wenty Leagues is a community-based club, so we want to support the women in our community in the early detection of breast cancer by providing this service to our customers,” Ms Skinner said.

 

Westmead BCI manages the BreastScreen program in western Sydney.

 

Source: Parramatta Sun published 9 May 2017.