BreastScreen WA reaches 2 million mammograms milestone
BreastScreen WA reaches 2 million mammograms
BreastScreen WA celebrated the milestone of reaching two million screening mammograms with regular screening participant Mrs Nada Lubay at the BreastScreen WA Perth City Clinic on Daffodil Day (Friday 25 August 2017).
The service commenced in 1989 and reached 1 million screens after 19 years in 2008. It has taken only 9 years to reach the second million.
Minister for Health, Hon. Roger Cook MLA, congratulating BreastScreen WA on their 2 millionth screen said, “This milestone represents a significant benefit to Western Australian women. One in eight women in Australia will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, so it is important that all women aged 50-74 years have a screening mammogram.”
“A free screening mammogram is one of the best things that women can do to look after their health and only takes 20 minutes,” Dr Liz Wylie, Medical Director of BreastScreen WA said.
The best way to reduce the number of deaths from the disease is to detect and treat breast cancer as early as possible.
“By taking the time to have a regular screening mammogram every two years, women like Mrs Nada Lubay will increase their chances of breast cancer being detected at an early stage. Early detection and treatment may save many lives,” said the Minister.
Client Mrs Nada Lubay from Rockingham has had 10 screening episodes with BreastScreen WA over the years.
“I have always felt comfortable in the hands of BreastScreen WA’s staff. The staff are calm, professional and informative which helps to relax you”, Mrs Lubay said.
“I appreciate the polite reception staff and the warm, clean setting. I particularly like the reminder letters that are sent to us when we are due. What more do women want, a limousine [to the clinic]?” queried Mrs Lubay.
BSWA provides free breast screening mammograms to WA women aged 40 years and over, but specifically targets women aged 50-74 years who are invited to attend a screening mammogram appointment every two years.
In the past few years, BreastScreen WA has introduced new and innovative methods to encourage women to have a screen. BreastScreen WA was one the first breast screen services in Australia to have online bookings for its clients and to help women manage their busy lives, BreastScreen WA uses text message appointment reminders. BreastScreen WA also uses Facebook to share information about breast screening and breast health. Book an appointment at any BSWA clinic online or phone 13 20 50.
Regular screening participant and 2 millionth client Mrs Nada Lubay and radiographer Sarah-Jane Laurenson (who performed the 2 millionth screen)
From left …Professor Bryant Stokes AM, Chair of the North Metropolitan Health Service’s Board; Assoc. Prof. Dr Liz Wylie, BreastScreen WA Medical Director; Hon. Alanna Clohesy MLC, Parliamentary Secretary on behalf of the Minister, Mrs Nada Lubay (BreastScreen WA’s 2 millionth client); Dr David Russell-Weisz, Director General, Department of Health; Graeme Boardley, A/Director Women and Newborn Health Service.