Tuesday, September 13, 2016

BreastScreen bus in New Norfolk this month

THE BreastScreen Tasmania Mobile Unit is visiting New Norfolk until September 29. The free service gives women aged over 40 the opportunity to make an appointment for a mammogram which can detect cancer in its early stages.

Local resident Shellee Cook said everyone should use the service while it’s here. “I’m a breast cancer survivor and I’m only 44, I always thought you waited until you were 50 before you start having mammograms, that’s so not true," Shellee said.

Derwent Valley Council and Corumbene Care, both major employers in the area, are providing flexible working arrangements to allow staff to make appointments to attend the BreastScreen Mobile Unit during its visit to New Norfolk.

“As the second largest employer in the Derwent Valley, Corumbene Care has a large portion of its workforce who are female," chief executive Damien Jacobs said. "Corumbene fully supports the scheduling of this service and as a local Employer of Choice proactively supports employee and volunteer health and wellbeing," he said.

Statistics from BreastScreen Tasmania show that one in eight Tasmanian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some stage of their life. “

Derwent Valley Council general manager Greg Winton said this was the first time that women in the area had been able to access to the Breastscreen bus. "Council is pleased to show its support for the service and to staff by providing time for staff to attend appointments with the service," Mr Winton said.

Ms Cook urged women in the Derwent Valley to take advantage of the service, saying that the screening could pick up event the smallest of lumps. “The quicker you find something, the better your chances are of a great result,” she said.

The BreastScreen Tasmania Mobile Unit will be available at the car park adjacent to the library in Charles St, New Norfolk. Appointments can be made by calling 132 050.

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