A new mobile breast screening clinic has opened in Woy Woy to help provide free mammograms to women aged between 50 to 74 years.
The mobile van, which will be at the CWA Hall on The Boulevarde until Friday, July 2, includes the latest digital mammography technology and secure wireless communication system.
Director of BreastScreen NSW in Northern Sydney, Meredith Kay, 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,” Kay said.
“Around 90 per cent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history and this is why breast cancer screening is so important for all eligible women.”
The appointment is expected to only take 20 minutes and no referral is required when making an appointment.
Kay said the mobile unit at Woy Woy will make it easier for local women to attend their recommended two-yearly screening.
“Bringing these vital services to Woy Woy means more local women can be screened.”
For the fourth year in a row, Woy Woy CWA are hosting the bus, with President Jane Bowtell happy to help facilitate the service for the Peninsula and surrounding areas.
“We are extremely proud to be in our 4th year of screening at the hall,” Bowtell said.
“The partnership we have with BreastScreen NSW will continue to be one of service to women in the community.”
She said that BreastScreen NSW was also hosting an information day at Woy Woy CWA on June 10, from 10 am to 12 pm.
The clinic will be open through Monday to Friday, 8am till 4pm, with some Saturdays also available.
For more information about the clinic, or to book an appointment, call 13 20 50.
Maisy Rae and Hayley McMahon