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3 Truths About Breast Screening

clock12th August 2021

We've been working with BreastScreen Queensland over the last year to share information about the importance of regular breast screening with multicultural communities across the Gold Coast. Women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds had been underrepresented in the women who were getting regular screenings and we wanted to help spread the message as early detection can save lives. Over the last year over 4000 women who were screened in the Gold Coast spoke a language other than English at home and there were more than 700 new clients from CALD backgrounds, but there are still a lot more women to reach! 

As part of Multicultural Queensland Month, we want to continue to amplify this message across our communities as well as share some of the experiences of our MCCGC & CÜRA women. BreastScreen Queensland sat down with a few of our incredible team members to hear their stories and help normalise the breast screening process. We hope you take a few minutes to read and watch below and help us spread the message! 

1) Breast cancer can happen to anyone

Breast cancer doesn’t discriminate; being female and increasing age are the biggest risk factors in developing breast cancer so breast screening is important for women of all cultures. Anyone can get breast cancer, in fact 9 in 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history. Finding breast cancer early can increase treatment options and save lives.  

2) Breast screening doesn’t have to be scary

A breast screen or mammogram is an X-ray used to find breast cancer early, when it’s easier to treat. It's normal to have some anxiety when you have your first mammogram but there is no need to worry. A friendly female health professional will take time to explain everything to you and make sure you understand and feel comfortable with the process.

Booking an appointment only takes a few minutes and the process is run by professionals that protect your privacy and modesty. You may have a little bit of discomfort, but the outcome is peace of mind.

3) A breast screen could save your life

We’re all balancing lots of tasks and many women put themselves last on their list of priorities. Finding time to do a breast screen is important, not just for your health but for your loved ones as well.

A breast screen can detect breast cancer early, well before you or your doctor can see or feel anything. Breast screens are recommended for women aged 50-74, every two years. It only takes 15-20 minutes and it could save your life!

 

BreastScreen Queensland Gold Coast clinics are permanently located at Helensvale, Robina, Southport and West Burleigh. A mobile clinic also visits North Tamborine, Nerang, Elanora, and Pimpama.

For more information and to book your breast screen, visit the BreastScreen Queensland website or call 132050For help in your language, you can contact BreastScreen Queensland via the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS: 13 14 50).

For brochures in other languages check out the below links:

Breast Screen Fact Sheet  Your Guide to Breast Health  

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