5 February, 2021
World Cancer Day shines light on awareness
BREASTSCREEN Queensland’s Rockhampton Service is joining the international movement to fight cancer in Central Queensland and the Central West.
World Cancer Day, held on February 4, unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer.
The day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and increasing education about the disease and pressing people across the world to act.
BreastScreen Queensland Health Promotion Officer Roxanne Hodda said the theme for this year’s World Cancer Day, ‘I am, and I will’, fits well with the BreastScreen Queensland message.
“It gives women an opportunity to say I am brave, and I will have a breast screen,’’ she said.
“Many women put off having a breast screen because they are too busy, or they have heard it hurts which is not true for the vast majority.
“This World Cancer Day women can say I am important and I will have a breast screen.”
Mrs Hodda said it was “essential women look after their health and have regular breast screens”.
"Cancer will touch us all at some point in our lives,’’ she said.
“On World Cancer Day, we are urging everyone to make simple lifestyle changes to reduce their cancer risk and for women in the target group to make use of the wonderful, world class early detection service they have in their own back yard."
All women aged between 50 and 74 are strongly encouraged to have a free breast screen every two years.
Women aged 40 to 49 and over 75 are also eligible to attend for free.
A doctor’s referral is not required, so phone BreastScreen Queensland on 13 20 50 to make an appointment today.
BreastScreen Qld Rockhampton Service has clinics in Rockhampton and Gladstone and the mobile service is currently at Springsure before heading on its two-yearly trip to the Central West.