Jim McGinty

Jim McGinty

Attorney General; Minister for Health; Electoral Affairs

    Diagnostic mammograms available at Kalgoorlie Hospital.

    11/03/2008 12:00 AM
     

    People living in the Goldfields will once again be able to have diagnostic breast screening performed locally, with a new $63,500 mammography machine now operating at Kalgoorlie Hospital.

     

    Health Minister Jim McGinty said the machine would prevent the need for people to travel to Perth to access the important diagnostic service.

     

    “The new service will help to diagnose abnormal lumps in the breast after they have been detected by a regular breast screening mammogram or breast examination,”

    Mr McGinty said.

     

    “Patients will be referred by their doctor to the service, where an experienced medical imaging technologist will perform the mammogram.

     

    “The service will cater for the needs of all people in the Goldfields.

     

    “From next week, the service will perform about 15 diagnostic mammograms a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.”

     

    The Minister said the State Government had funded the new machine following a decision last year by the town’s only private provider to stop delivering the service.

     

    “While both men and women can be diagnosed with breast cancer, Australian women have a one in eight risk of developing breast cancer in their lifetime,” Mr McGinty said.

     

    “We are very pleased to be able to provide this important service to Goldfields residents, which will help combat cancer.

     

    “For women over the age of 40 or with a family history of breast cancer, screening is recommended every two years.”

     

    BreastScreen WA will continue to provide free regular breast screening mammograms in the Goldfields region for women aged 40 plus through its mobile van service.

     

    The BreastScreen mobile van visited Kalgoorlie in late 2007 and is due to return in 2009.

     

    The van is currently in Ravensthorpe until March 13.  Appointments can be made by calling 13 20 50.

     

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