BreastScreen NSW van rolls into Dorrigo

Time to take the check in Dorrigo

THE MOBILE breast screening van is in Dorrigo today and will be there until Tuesday, June 16.

BreastScreen NSW provides free mammograms to eligible women aged between 50 and 74 across the State.

BreastScreen NSW is taking all necessary measures in relation to COVID-19 (coronavirus) to protect women, staff and the wider community. This includes:

. Pre-screening questions around personal health and travel

. Limiting the number of people in the clinic/van

. Practicing social distancing and providing hand sanitiser in waiting rooms

. A minimal contact check-in process

. Additional cleaning of equipment and commonly-used surfaces.

Director BreastScreen North Coast, Jane Walsh, said a screening mammogram is one of the most important things women aged 50-74 can do for their health.

"Detecting breast cancer early increases your chance of survival while reducing the likelihood of invasive treatment, such as mastectomy or chemotherapy," she said.

"Around 90 per cent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history. This is why breast cancer screening is so important for all eligible women."

Ms Walsh says having a BreastScreen NSW van in Dorrigo makes it easier for women to attend their recommended two-yearly screening.

"Bringing these vital services to Bellingen Local Government means more local women can be screened. Life gets busy and we want women to make their health a priority."

The BreastScreen NSW van is located in Hickory St, alongside the Dorrigo Memorial RSL. The service is free and there's no referral needed.

BreastScreen NSW mobile vans include the latest digital mammography technology and secure wireless communication system. The NSW Government, through the Cancer Institute NSW, is investing $62.2 million in breast cancer screening this financial year.

To book a mammogram with BreastScreen NSW, call 132-050or visit book.breastscreen.nsw.gov.au.

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