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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women targeted in new BreastScreen campaign

Date posted: 30 March 2017

A new BreastScreen campaign, launched in New South Wales this week at Mount Druitt and Blacktown train stations, aims to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to get their breasts checked.

Two billboards, erected in prominent locations at the train stations, are keen to remind commuters to make time for vital breast screening.

The Westmead Breast Cancer Institute and BreastScreen NSW - who set up the billboards - have been working hard to increase awareness of breast screening, especially among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, where screening rates are particularly low.

The organisations have arranged community sessions on the BreastScreen program, along with a morning tea, to be held at the Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation in Mount Druitt in May.

The corporation’s chairperson Aunty Margaret Farrell said she was delighted to see a focus on Aboriginal health.

'It is important for ladies to look after their health and have regular mammograms,' she said.

'Early detection can save your life.'

'We’re really hopeful that a lot of women will come along to the morning tea - it's a chance for women to learn more about breast cancer awareness and the BreastScreen program before visiting the clinic at Mount Druitt Hospital for a screen.'

Source: Western Sydney Local Health District

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Last updated: 21 April 2017
 
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