BreastScreen clinic to open on a Saturday

THE Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service will be opening its Bundaberg BreastScreen Clinic on a Saturday as part of its Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign.

Bookings are available at the clinic on Saturday October 24th for any woman 40 and older who has not had a mammogram in the last two years.

"A mammogram is able to discover breast cancer before it can be felt and it is vital that women 40 and older have a regular appointment every two years," Bundaberg Hospital BreastScreen Queensland manager Di Dingle said.

"Some women are unable to attend a weekday appointment due to work or other commitments, so the clinic is opening on a Saturday to enable a more convenient option to these women.

"There is no need for a doctor's referral and I encourage any woman who is interested in an appointment to telephone 13 20 50 and make a booking."

This year the mobile van has travelled extensively to provide appointments across the region, including to Miriam Vale, Agnes Water, Gayndah, Monto, Eidsvold and Mundubbera. Currently screenings are taking place at Murgon, followed by Cherbourg from October 28th to 29th and Maryborough from November 2nd to 20th.

"BreastScreen has a strong commitment to servicing the entire Wide Bay and our upcoming visits to Cherbourg and Maryborough are great opportunities for local women to attend a local appointment," Ms Dingle said.

"There will also be a number of opportunities to talk to the BreastScreen team and make an appointment at local shopping centres that we are visiting in the upcoming weeks."

The BreastScreen team will be attending Hinkler Central in Bundaberg on October 23rd, Sugarland Shoppingtown on October 26th, Stocklands Hervey Bay on October 26th and Station Square Maryborough on November 2nd.

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