Breast screen participation rate encouraging

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath is encouraged by an increase in breast screening participation by women across the Morwell electorate.

 Regular breast screens are an essential component of women’s wellbeing over the age of 50, and Ms Bath is encouraging even more women in the community to take up BreastScreen Victoria’s free program.

 The latest BreastScreen Victoria statistics show that 57% of women across the Morwell electorate aged from 50 to 74 were screened in 2014 – 2016. This is a 4% increase from the 2013 – 2015 period.

 “While the increase is above the state average participation rate of 54%, it remains well below the 70% target set by BreastScreen Victoria,” Ms Bath said.

 Ms Bath is calling on the more than 4,000 local women between 50 and 74 years, who did not have a breast screen during 2014 – 2016, to prioritise a free breast screen every two years.

 “Breast screening is a free, non-invasive service and you don’t need a doctor’s referral. There’s a permanent clinic at the Latrobe Regional Hospital. To book an appointment, you simply call 13 20 50 or visit”

 “A regular screen is the best way to detect breast cancer early.”

 Taking the opportunity to stress the importance of regular breast screening, Ms Bath also encouraged women in their forties to talk to their doctor if they have concerns about any changes in their breasts.