Hinterland women are missing out on screening

A LACK of time and not prioritising their own wellbeing are two of the major barriers women face in looking after their health. BreastScreen Queensland is calling on all women to make their health a priority this International Women’s Day.

On the Sunshine Coast, almost half of women over the age of 50 are not having a breast screen every two years as recommended by doctors. BreastScreen Queensland Health Promotion Officer Gillian Duffy is urging women to put themselves first and book in for a screen.

“We have six services across the Coast and the mobile service will be conveniently located in Nambour Mill Shopping Village in March. We have early, late and Saturday appointments to make it easier for working women, and the service is free,” Ms Duffy said. Those aged 40 years and over are encouraged to book a breast screen appointment. No doctor’s referral is needed and appointments take less than 30 minutes.

To book an appointment at any of the services on the Coast just call 13 20 50 or for more information or to book online visit www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au