Esperance women are urged to get a mammogram before the BreastScreen van leaves town on April 6. The vans were a key part in significant improvements recorded in breast cancer survival rates, according to BreastScreen WA medical director Dr Elizabeth Wylie. “It is really important because we are there for such a finite period of time that we get the message out to women as effectively as possible.”
The State government released a report on International Women’s Day, Thursday March 8, which revealed breast cancer survival rates had improved whilst new diagnosis continued to increase. The report entitled Cancer Effect: Breast Cancer Relative Survival 1985-2014 found survival rates had increased by nearly 25 per cent in the last 25 years. Between 2010 and 2014, 91.5 per cent of people with breast cancer had survived, compared with 74.4 per cent between 1985 and 1989.
Dr Wylie said the improved survival rate was ‘wonderful news’ and said the vans had ‘definitely’ been a factor; "the earlier the cancer is detected, the less likely it is to spread."
To arrange a mammogram appointment call 13 20 50 or book online via www.breastscreen.health.wa.gov.au