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This month, BreastScreen Queensland Brisbane Southside Service celebrated a milestone 25 years of service with a party at QEII Hospital.
More than 50 staff attended the event. But the guest of honour was Mrs Narelle Evans, the very first woman to attend the service in 1993.
Mrs Evans says a lot has changed over the years but one thing remained the same—the excellent care she received from staff.
“The way I am spoken to, the staff’s explanations of different things, and their encouragement is second to none,” she said.
Mrs Evans has participated in breast cancer screening every two years during the last 25 years and said making an appointment was now just a good, healthy habit.
“To any woman hesitating, please don’t. It is a simple, painless procedure which gives you peace of mind,” she said.
“Early detection is necessary if there is a problem and your chance of being cured is very good these days.”
Over the years, BreastScreen has expanded to provide screening at eight locations across Metro South Health and averaged 45,000 breast screens each year.
Medical Director Dr Kathleen Taylor said awareness of the service as well as an increased understanding of the importance of early detection had led to the major expansion.
“We are very proud of the fact that we have provided more than 850,000 free breast screens to women in our community, helping us to achieve our goal of providing excellence in breast cancer detection to reduce the impact of breast cancer for women and their families,” she said.
Research has found finding breast cancer early provides the best chance of surviving the disease.
The BreastScreen Queensland program provides free, high-quality, breast cancer screening services to women aged 50 to74 years. Women aged 40 to 49 and 75 and over are also eligible to attend.
To book an appointment, simply visit breastscreen.qld.gov.au or phone 13 20 50.