New campaign to boost early breast cancer detection

New campaign to boost early breast cancer detection

Women aged 50 to 74 in Pearce will receive an invitation that could save their life as part of a $55.7 million Coalition Government initiative to boost breast screening rates in at risk age groups.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said the launch of the Australian Government’s ‘An invitation that could save your life’ campaign will boost screening awareness in at risk groups.

“Unfortunately breast cancer is still the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths among women in Australia with one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime,” Mr Porter said.

“However, if detected early, 9 out of 10 cases can be successfully treated and that is why women of all ages should check their breasts regularly.”

Mr Porter said the Government’s new campaign would also, for the first time, specifically target women aged 70 to 74 for breast screening awareness, with an additional 220,000 breast screens expected to be delivered over four years.

“Having had my own mother fight and survive breast cancer in her 60s I know firsthand that this is an invitation that could save lives and so I encourage all women in Pearce aged between 50 and 74 to make a breast screening appointment.”

More than 1.8 million women are screened for breast cancer every two years and more than 75 per cent of breast cancers occur in women over 50.  Most women who get breast cancer also have no family history.

Women aged outside of the 50 to 74 age group are encouraged to talk to their GP or health professional to find out if breast screening is appropriate for them.

For further information, please visit www.australia.gov.au/breastscreen.