BreastScreen Van in Forbes this week

Gina Anderson, Bailee Harrison, Jenny Webb, Janelle Toole, Trish Milford, Linda Tory, Nadine Moxey and Phyllis Miller encourage Forbes women to book in for a visit to the BreastScreen van.
Gina Anderson, Bailee Harrison, Jenny Webb, Janelle Toole, Trish Milford, Linda Tory, Nadine Moxey and Phyllis Miller encourage Forbes women to book in for a visit to the BreastScreen van.

Harold Street in Forbes will once again welcome the BreastScreen van for a stay from July 16 to August 21.

Women aged 40 and over are encouraged to drop in and see the Radiographers for a free 20 minute mammogram. Screening more women means BreastScreen can detect the disease in its initial stages, with early detection providing one of the best chances in the fight against breast cancer.

Forbes Shire Deputy Mayor, Jenny Webb who is a radiographer at Forbes District Hospital says the risks of developing Breast Cancer is increased in women over 50, however the focus is on reducing deaths and detecting the disease as early as possible to maximise treatment options.

"Having a mammogram every two years is the most effective way to detect breast cancer early," Cr Webb said.

BreastScreen NSW aims to improve the survival rates of women with breast cancer by providing free screening mammograms to women aged 50-74. Women aged 40-49 and women aged 75+ are also eligible to attend.

BreastScreen NSW is part of a national program, which is jointly funded by the Commonwealth, and state and territory governments.

This service aims to detect breast cancer early, before it has a chance to spread.

Bookings can be made online at https://book.breastscreen.nsw.gov.au/ or call 13 20 50.

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