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Book a date with a friend that could save both your lives

15 Oct 2019

 

Women are being encouraged to get together with a friend to book a mammogram this Breast Cancer Awareness Month to boost screening rates and potentially save lives.

More than one in eight women in NSW will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, but almost half of women aged 50-74 are not getting a mammogram every two years.

Director of Westmead Breast Cancer Institute, Associate Professor Nirmala Pathmanathan says that by taking the time to talk to a friend about screening and arranging to go for a mammogram together, you could not only save her life, but your own.

“We know there are many reasons why women might be missing their recommended mammogram – they put it off because they are too busy, they are nervous about going, or nervous about the results,” says Associate Professor Pathmanathan.

“By encouraging a friend to go with them, women can ensure that making the appointment becomes a priority. It also means that they will have someone to support them on the day, and as they get the results.”

Figures from the Cancer Institute NSW, show that in Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District it is estimated that 286 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone.

A regular mammogram every two years is the best way for women, in particular those aged 50-74, to find breast cancer early. Early detection can help reduce the likelihood of a woman needing invasive treatment, such as a mastectomy or chemotherapy.

A mammogram appointment is free and only takes 20 minutes in total. To book a mammogram today with BreastScreen NSW, please phone 13 20 50. You can search for your nearest BreastScreen NSW service by visiting breastscreen.nsw.gov.au

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