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Women urged to get regular breast screening

Max Employment have a pink afternoon to raise money for breast cancer research.
Max Employment have a pink afternoon to raise money for breast cancer research. Sarah Fleming

CANCER Council Queensland is encouraging women to make regular breast screenings a priority through BreastScreen Queensland after new figures show only 55% attend free mammograms every two years.

Cancer Council Queensland Head of Programs and Research Dr Pip Youl said if breast cancer was found and treated early, survival chances increased dramatically.

Dr Youl urged women to look for changes in breast shape, feel, size and colour, and to be aware of unusual breast pain and persistent lumps or thickening.

"It's important women are familiar with how their breasts look and feel, attend regular screenings and consult their GP if they notice change."

Latest studies show 37 Australian women are diagnosed with breast cancer daily.

Seven die each day.

Thankfully, survival rates are improving - from 74% to 88%.

The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age, with women over 50 most at risk of the disease.

Throughout October, Cancer Council Queensland is working to raise awareness and funds for women's cancers.

More information is available at cancerqld.org.au.

Topics:  breast screen, cancer council queensland, gatton, lockyer valley



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