Friday, 26 August 2016
Officially opening the $550,000 centre today, Health Minister John Day said screening rates remained steady in Western Australia but fell short of the national target.
"We have to do better with breast screening," Mr Day said.
"This state-of-the-art clinic is about saving lives and improving the quality of life for cancer sufferers, through early diagnosis.
"The female population in the eligible 40 to 74 year-old age group in the Peel region is expected to grow by 19 per cent in the next decade. That means there will be 21,700 women in the higher-risk category, with research showing that about 2,700 of these will likely develop breast cancer."
The new, purpose-built facility replaces the visiting mobile unit which has been servicing Mandurah and the broader Peel District.
"As a result, the mobile van will now be able to spend 15 more months during each two-year testing cycle to meet the growing demand in other regional areas across the State," the Minister said.
"The Liberal National Government is proud to contribute about $1.1 million per year towards the operations of BreastScreen WA, as part of our commitment to delivering quality health care services closer to home.
"This will include jointly funding a new $296,000 awareness campaign to help lift screening rates in women aged 50-74, from 54 per cent towards the target of 70 per cent."
Testing takes less than 20 minutes and can detect tiny cancers that cannot be identified by touch. More than 75 per cent of breast cancers are found in women aged over 50.
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