Clinic for women's health in Monto

THE Mobile Women’s Health Clinics will visit Monto several times this year to help women take control of their health.

Monto Hospital director of nursing Tracey Pattie said it was important that women took the time to look after themselves and be proactive in undertaking screenings, particularly pap smears.

The clinics will be held at the hospital on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and will be at the doctor’s surgery on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The service will be held from May 17 to 21 and September 6 to 10.

Ms Pattie said women should be aware that:

 The risk of developing cervical cancer increases with age.

 Cancer of the cervix can be prevented and it is recommended that women between 18 and 70 have a pap smear every two years.

 About half the new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed each year are in women over 50 years of age, and women in this age group are less likely than younger women to have regular pap smears.

 More women over 50 years of age die from cervical cancer because their cancer is diagnosed later, when treatment is more difficult.

 Regular pap smears can help prevent up to 90% of the most common type of cervical cancer.

Biggenden in the swim

TWO young Biggenden swimmers, 11-year-old Teagan Bechley and 13-year-old Troy Stark, have achieved qualifying times and will compete in the Queensland swimming championships tomorrow.

Coach Ron Birch will accompany the swimmers and is pleased to be lending his support.

“They are both swimming well.

“It is an effort in itself to qualify and the event will be very good experience for them both,” Mr Birch said.

Teagan’s mum, Michelle, said her daughter, who turns 12 next week, was over the moon at the chance to compete, having missed out narrowly last year.



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