BreastScreen reps urging women to get checked

10th October 2017 6:04 PM
Health Worker Tamara Olive and BreastScreen Wide Bay Service Manager Di Dingle with some of the dilly bags. Health Worker Tamara Olive and BreastScreen Wide Bay Service Manager Di Dingle with some of the dilly bags. Wide Bay Hospital and Health

BREASTSCREEN Wide Bay will be promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Month through some innovative firsts this year, including the distribution of pink coffee cups to cafes across the region and dilly bags to indigenous women.

The coffee cups and dilly bags are part of a broader campaign highlighting how detecting breast cancer early through mammograms is linked to improving the odds of surviving the disease.

BreastScreen Wide Bay service manager Di Dingle urged women to get themselves checked by health professionals earlier than later.

"Finding breast cancer early provides the best chance of survival, so it's particularly important for women in the at-risk age group to regularly have a mammogram,” Mrs Dingle said.

It is recommended that all women between the ages of 50 and 74 have a mammogram every two years.