MORE women than ever before will have the opportunity to access breast screening through BreastScreen Queensland thanks to changes to the eligibility criteria, Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey said today.
Women aged between 50 and 74 will be able to have their screening performed by BreastScreen Queensland.
Previously only women aged between 50 and 69 were eligible for the screening process.
"This is good news for women in Bundaberg and across Queensland as this gives even more women access to breast screening services," Mr Dempsey said.
"Breastscreen Queensland is well-prepared and equipped to handle this increase in women accessing the service thanks to the Newman Government implementing a successful rollout of digital mammography technology.
"The Newman Government also increased the number of fixed and mobile screening facilities to meet population growth in Queensland."
Mr Dempsey said thanked the BreastScreen Queensland staff for the work they did performing a vital service for Queensland women.
"BreastScreen Queensland staff do a magnificent job screening their goal of at least 70 per cent of women in the targeted age group every two years," Mr Dempsey said.
"A breast screen is the best method available for detecting cancer early and if breast cancer is detected early, there are increased treatment and management options.
"I encourage all women in the 50 to 74 age group to contact BreastScreen Queensland to arrange an appointment."
BreastScreen Queensland currently operates in more than 200 locations throughout Queensland. A referral from your doctor is not required and the service is free.
The increased service will receive funding through the Federal Government's National Partnership agreement on Expansion of the BreastScreen Australia Program.