Breast of the best
WOMEN in the Bass Coast will be checked by new state of the art technology in breast cancer screening launched in Wonthaggi last week.
Victorian Health Minister David Davis officially launched the new digital technology at BreastScreen Victoria Clinic at Bass Coast Regional Health.
“The Wonthaggi clinic is expected to provide more than 1600 BreastScreen appointments every year to women in Wonthaggi, Tankerton, Phillip Island, San Remo, Corinella, Bass, Dalyston and Inverloch,” he said.
“It features new digital technology that enables mammography images to be captured more efficiently and be sent to radiologists over a broadband network.”
Mr Davis said the installation of state of the art digital technology in this clinic is part of a statewide rollout to improve the capacity of the BreastScreen program now and into the future.
“The Victorian and Commonwealth governments are jointly providing $42 million to roll out digital mammography equipment to BreastScreen services in Victoria,” he said.
Regular screenings and mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, before any symptoms are noticed and when treatment is likely to be more successful.
Health service board chair Jeff Bennett hopes the new equipment will help increase the current BreastScreen Victoria participation rate of women aged between 50 and 69 in the Bass Coast of 53 per cent.
“It’s a vital area of preventative healthcare which we’ve been providing through our contracted radiology provider, Bass Coast Radiology, for a number of years,” he said.
“They assure us the equipment we now have is the best available and I’m sure that will give, in our area, increasing confidence to access the state of the art services locally and will also give the confidence to improve the screening rates. It’s one thing having the equipment; it’s another thing using it to its full benefit.”
San Remo woman Andrea Kemp began screening at the age of 50, following an invitation letter she received from BreastScreen Victoria.
“Initially I was nervous because I’d heard stories about how painful it was, but I was pleasantly surprised as it didn’t hurt,” she said.
“So when my second mammogram reminder came around I booked in straight away.
“The new digital machine provided an even better experience the second time around, with a fabulous radiographer who was so quick and caring and very respectful.
“If there’s something you can do for early detection, you’d be foolish not to do it. Also, a mammogram which comes back clear gives you peace of mind.”
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