Cynthia Lui MP
Member for Cook
BreastScreen Queensland services have been strengthened for women in the Far North, with a new mobile service truck, Desert Rose.
The $1 million truck, currently based at the Mareeba Hospital, provides access to the latest breast cancer screening digital technology.
The Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui said the Desert Rose would visit up to 20 sites in the Cairns and Cassowary Coast region.
“This new van will expand the capacity to deliver breast screens in Far North Queensland, with two radiographers able to screen at the one time in Desert Rose,” she said.
The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service’s Executive Director, Allied Health, Donna Goodman, said currently, more than 5,000 women are screened through the mobile service each year.
“Along with the Service’s other truck, Orchid, the mobile service covers 45 locations across both the Cairns and Hinterland and Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Services every two years,” she said.
Acting Chief Radiographer, Carol Pitout said the new truck includes the latest digital technology.
“This enables a quick-turn around of breast screen images from remote locations via digital upload so clinicians can review them and deliver timely results for women,” Ms Pitout said.
Isla McGuffie was the first woman screened on Desert Rose, and is a strong advocate for regular screening, having attended the BreastScreen Queensland Program for more than 20 years in Cooktown, Mareeba and Cairns.
“It’s fabulous that BreastScreen Queensland go to the little towns, making it easy for women to have this important health check,” she said.
Women aged between 50 and 74 are strongly recommended to have a breast screen every two years, as 75% of breast cancer diagnoses are in this age group.
Women in their 40s and those aged over 75 are also eligible for the free service every two years.
Appointments can be made by phoning 13 20 50 or online at www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au.
BreastScreen Mobile Service Screening Details
Mareeba Hospital until 24 March 2020
Cardwell Community Health Centre 27 Feb – 13 Mar
Innisfail Showgrounds 26 Mar – 03 Jun
Tully Blue Care 05 Jun – 26 Jun
Media opportunity: Launch of the new BreastScreen Mobile truck
When: 10:00am, Tuesday 3 March outside Mareeba Hospital on Lloyd Street.