Earlier this week Sharks stars Jayden Brailey, Briton Nikora and Scott Sorensen were pleased to help promote free screening mammograms with a BreastScreen NSW Mobile Van currently stationed at the Sharks Leagues Club.
BreastScreen NSW provides free screening mammograms, particularly for women aged 50 – 74, but also for women 40 – 49, and 75 and over, with the mobile van to be located in the eastern entrance to the Leagues Club from now through until April 30.
“It is a potentially life-saving service and one that local women should take advantage of, with statistics clearly indicating breast cancer doesn’t discriminate in relation to those who may at some time be affected,” BreastScreen NSW SESI Health Promotion Officer Katie Dorahy said.
More than 1 in 8 women in NSW will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, with nine out of 10 women diagnosed having no known family history of the disease.
Early detection saves lives, with screening mammograms able to detect breast cancers as small as a grain of rice. Finding breast cancer early improves survival, making the free screening as provided during April at Sharks a vital community service.
An appointment with BreastScreen NSW at the mobile van takes around 20 minutes, with screening recommended every two years for women aged 50-74 years.
All radiography staff are female and no GP referral is required.
Women can make an appointment with BreastScreen NSW online at www.breastscreen.nsw.gov.au or by calling 13 20 50.
For more information or for women who can’t make it to the Mobile van at Sharks Leagues during April, visit www.breastscreen.nsw.gov.au to find the closest BreastScreen facility.