ALWAYS REMEMBERED: Pink ladies at the Pink Ribbon Walk of Hope are placed in memory of lives lost to breast cancer.
ALWAYS REMEMBERED: Pink ladies at the Pink Ribbon Walk of Hope are placed in memory of lives lost to breast cancer. Contributed

BreastScreen Queensland Mobile Service to visit Kingaroy

WOMEN aged 40 and over are encouraged to take full advantage of BreastScreen Queensland's digital mobile service when it visits Kingaroy from January 11 to 29, 2016.

Health Promotion Officer Shenaed Bliss said the accessibility of the mobile service provided a great opportunity for women to look after their health.

"The mobile service visits selected rural locations every two years and is always very well received," Ms Bliss said.

"It will be located at Kingaroy Hospital for three weeks, so there is plenty of time to find 30 minutes for a free breast screen.

"This is also a great opportunity to book in for that first breast screen that you've been meaning to have, or to come back for a regular two-yearly screen.

"We know that early detection of women's cancers provides the best chance of survival and quality of life, so if you haven't been keeping up-to-date with these important checks, now is the time to do so."

Ms Bliss said women aged 40 and over should have a breast screen every two years, and women aged 18 and over should have a pap smear every two years.

"In 2015 more than 15,000 Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer," she said.

"One in eight Queensland women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and of those 90 per cent will have no family history of the illness," she said.

"That's why we encourage all women aged 40 and over to have a free breast screen every two years, and also be sure to carry out regular breast checks.

"If you find something unusual, or have any concerns about your breast health, see your GP as soon as possible."

Women aged 40 and over should phone 13 20 50 to book a free breast screen with the mobile service.

A doctor's referral is not required.

Women can also access other women's health screening services through the DDHHS Mobile Women's Health Service. Appointments can be made by phoning Kingaroy Downtown Community

Health on 4162 9200, Murgon Community Health on 4169 8203, or Nanango Hospital on 4171 6700.

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