New Mammogram Trial For Queensland Women

New Mammogram Trial For Queensland Women

Queensland Minister for Health Lawrence Springborg

Queensland Pioneers Pre-Booked BreastScreen Appointments

Victor P Taffa

More Queensland women will have the chance for a potentially life-saving mammogram under a new Australian-first trial run by BreastScreen Queensland.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg today announced the trial which involved more than 2,000 Queensland women who had their appointments pre-booked to encourage them to access free breast screening services.

The women in the trial had not been to a BreastScreen Queensland service before or were existing clients due for their two-yearly appointment. They have been sent a letter with an appointment time at either a BreastScreen Service Centre or mobile van visiting an area near them, all using the latest digital mammography technology.

“We want to see all eligible women in Queensland accessing the Government’s free BreastScreen services.” Mr. Springborg said.



“We’re hoping to see an increase in the number of new women participating in the program through this trial of pre-booked appointments in Wide Bay, Ipswich and Brisbane South.”

The Minister said it was promising to see the trial had already resulted in 40 women attend an appointment at their local BreastScreen service who hadn’t previously accessed services before.

Mr. Springborg hoped the trial would encourage all Queensland women aged 50 to 74 years who hadn’t previously had a breast screen appointment to make that vital and potentially lifesaving appointment.

“As women aged 50 to 74 years are the group most at-risk of developing breast cancer, I think it’s important all these women make the time for an appointment.” Mr. Springborg said.

“Screening is still the most effective way to detect breast cancer early and it only takes half an hour and is one-on-one with a friendly female health professional.”

Mr. Springborg said Breast Cancer Awareness month served as a reminder that breast cancer was the most common cancer diagnosed in women and the second highest cause of cancer-related death in Queensland women.

“This month reminds us that early detection of breast cancer can lead to increased survival rates and improved quality of life.” Mr. Springborg said.

“Having regular, two-yearly breast screens are the most effective way to detect breast cancer early and be assured about breast health. I urge women aged 50–74 to prioritise their health and call 13 20 50 for an appointment.”

The Minister said the government had committed to publishing figures every six months on the number of free breast screens performed in each Hospital and Health Service.

“I am encouraged to see the numbers continue to increase. BreastScreen Queensland has performed 61,845 breast screens this quarter.”

“This is almost a 6% increase on the number of breast screens performed under Labor in the March 2012 quarter. The screening target for 2014–15 has been set at 250,600, a 5,900 increase on last year and we are committed to seeing as more Queensland women access our free breast screening services.” Mr. Springborg said.

BreastScreen Queensland services are available at over 200 locations throughout Queensland using a network of 11 screening and assessment services, 23 satellite centres and nine mobile vans including a four-wheel drive for remote communities.