BreastScreen Queensland Cairns Mobile Service is currently in Mossman, and providing free breast screens to the Douglas Community.

The Service is located at the Mossman Hospital until May 28, before it moves to the Port Douglas Community Hall from June 1 to June 11, 2021.

The Port Douglas site is a new addition to the BreastScreen Queensland service offering.

BreastScreen Health Promotion Officer, Sandra Peut, is encouraging local women to attend the free Service while it is in their area.

“Our Mobile Service visits the region every two years, and we urge women to take advantage of this opportunity by booking a free breast screen,” she said.

“Regular two-yearly screening at BreastScreen Queensland offers peace of mind, and our dedicated female staff will set your mind at ease and answer any questions you may have.”

One in seven women in Australia will develop breast cancer at some stage in their life. A breast screen is the best way to find breast cancer in its earliest stages for better health outcomes.

“A breast screen is a special x-ray of the breast that can detect small abnormal changes, often before they can be seen or felt by a woman or her doctor,” Ms Peut said.

“Early detection can save your life, providing the best chance of effective treatment, increased survival, and improved quality of life.”

Women aged between 50 and 74 are strongly recommended to have a breast screen every two years, as 75% of breast cancer diagnoses are in this age group. Women in their 40s and those aged over 75 are also eligible for the free service every two years.

Appointments can be made by phoning 13 20 50 or online at www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au.

BreastScreen Queensland Cairns Mobile Service Radiographer, Gillian Sydes, with Administration Officer, Karen Christopher inside the onboard consultation room.