- Best way to reduce breast cancer deaths is to detect and treat it as early as possible
- Screening mammogram is free for women over 40 and takes only 20 minutes
Today, on Daffodil Day, BreastScreen WA (BSWA) is celebrating its two-millionth screening mammogram, having taken less than half the time to reach its second million than its first.
Commencing in 1989, the Service reached one million screens after 19 years in 2008, and has taken only nine years to reach the second million.
BSWA provides free mammograms to WA women aged 40 years and over, but specifically targets women aged 50-74 years who are invited to attend every two years.
In the past few years, the service has introduced new and innovative methods to encourage women to have a screen and was one the first in Australia to have online bookings.
BSWA uses text message appointment reminders and Facebook to share information about breast screening and breast health.
Today, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health Alanna Clohesy MLC represented the Minister at BreastScreen WA to celebrate the two-millionth screening mammogram.
To book an appointment at any BSWA clinic online, visit http://www.breastscreen.health.wa.gov.au or phone 13 20 50.
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"This two-million milestone represents a significant benefit to Western Australian women with one in eight women in Australia developing breast cancer in their lifetime.
"BSWA performs more than 120,000 mammograms each year State-wide through its Perth metropolitan clinics, Bunbury clinic and mobile regional screening units."
Comments attributed to Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health Alanna Clohesy MLC:
"By taking the time to have a regular screening mammogram every two years, women will increase their chances of breast cancer being detected at an early stage.
"Today is Cancer Council's Daffodil Day which raises funds for life-saving cancer research, State-wide education programs and support services for thousands of Western Australian families affected by cancer."
Minister's office - 6552 6500