BreastScreen WA reaches two million mammograms

Today, on Daffodil Day, BreastScreen WA (BSWA) is celebrating its two-millionth screening mammogram, having taken less than half the time to reach its second million than its first.

 

Commencing in 1989, the Service reached one million screens after 19 years in 2008, and has taken only nine years to reach the second million.

 

BSWA provides free mammograms to WA women aged 40 years and over, but specifically targets women aged 50-74 years who are invited to attend every two years.

 

In the past few years, the service has introduced new and innovative methods to encourage women to have a screen and was one the first in Australia to have online bookings.

 

BSWA uses text message appointment reminders and Facebook to share information about breast screening and breast health.

 

Today, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health Alanna Clohesy MLC represented the Minister at BreastScreen WA to celebrate the two-millionth screening mammogram.

 

To book an appointment at any BSWA clinic online see http://www.breastscreen.health.wa.gov.au or phone 13 20 50.

 

WA Health Minister Roger Cook said, "This two-million milestone represents a significant benefit to Western Australian women with one in eight women in Australia developing breast cancer in their lifetime.

 

"BSWA performs more than 120,000 mammograms each year State-wide through its Perth metropolitan clinics, Bunbury clinic and mobile regional screening units."

 

By taking the time to have a regular screening mammogram every two years, women will increase their chances of any breast cancer being detected and treated successfully at an early stage.

 

To book an appointment from any state or territory phone BreastScreen Australia on 13 20 50.

 

25 August 2017.