Ten years of supporting breast health across Redcliffe and the Bay
Nearly 50,000 women have received free breast screens in the past 10 years through BreastScreen Queensland’s Kippa-Ring Service.
BreastScreen Queensland Brisbane Northside Service Medical Director Dr Jane Brazier said eligible local women have been taking advantage of the free breast cancer screening service since it relocated in 2008.
“Having our Kippa-Ring service located in the Kippa-Ring Shopping Centre is of great benefit for those women who live and work in Moreton Bay,” Dr Brazier said.
“A breast screen is the most effective way of detecting breast cancers early, well before they can be seen or felt by a woman or her doctor.
“Finding breast cancer at an early stage could save a woman’s life.”
Kippa-Ring resident Alison Sewell is one of the Kippa-Ring service’s first clients.
“It was lovely to be able to help celebrate the Kippa-Ring Service’s birthday as I have been coming here for my breast screens for years,” Alison said.
“I always have my regular breast screens because they are just one of those important health checks women need to do and having a local service makes it so convenient.”
Breast cancer is still the most common cancer diagnosed among women and over 75 per cent of women who develop breast cancer are over the age of 50.
BreastScreen Queensland provides free breast cancer screening for women aged 50 – 74 years, as increasing age is the biggest risk factor in developing breast cancer.
Dr Brazier said women from the age of 40 are also eligible for a free breast screen and a doctor’s referral was not necessary.
For convenience, women can now book online at breastscreen.qld.gov.au or call 13 20 50 and talk to one of our friendly staff.