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BreastScreen Queensland has been providing high quality and nationally accredited breast screening services for over 25 years in Brisbane’s southside.
However, with this year’s global pandemic the service is concerned that women aren’t making the time for themselves to attend for their breast cancer screening appointments.
A breast screen, or screening mammogram, is an x-ray that can detect small changes in the breast tissue, before they can be felt or noticed. For women, a breast screen is the most effective way to detect breast cancer early – well before you or your doctor can see or feel any changes.
If this year has taught us anything, staying up-to-date with medical appointments and protecting your health through early detection, is more important than ever said Dr Kate Taylor, Medical Director, BreastScreen Queensland - Brisbane Southside Service.
“If it has been some time since your last appointment, we understand life happens. Don’t delay your screening appointment any longer.”
Dr Taylor said she understands that women may have some concerns about attending for screening at this time. If you do have concerns, we encourage you to talk to your doctor who can provide advice on whether breast screening is right for you at this time.
“Please be assured that the wellbeing of our clients and staff are our top priority and as such we have implemented a range of social distancing measures, hygiene practices and increased cleaning at all of our service locations to minimise the risk from Coronavirus (COVID-19).”
BreastScreen Queensland recommends women aged 50 to 74 years to have a breast screen every two years as the evidence of the benefits of regular breast screens are strongest in this age group. Women aged 40-49 and 75 and over are also eligible for a free breast screen.
Dr Taylor said in addition to attending for your breast screen, women are also encouraged to be aware of the normal look and feel of their breasts as sometimes breast cancer can occur between breast screens. Please contact your doctor first, if you have noticed any breast changes that concern you. This will ensure you receive the most appropriate and timely care.
At BreastScreen Queensland, your breast screen is free, no referral needed and performed by a female health professional.
The appointment will only take 30 minutes, with a range appointment times available (including some early, late and Saturday appointments), across our eight service locations, including QEII Hospital, Browns Plains, Coorparoo, Inala, Logan, Mt Gravatt, Redlands and Wynnum.
For more information or to make an appointment, visit us at breastscreen.qld.gov.au or call 13 20 50.