Health | September 30, 2019

Kealy supports breast cancer awareness month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month runs from 1 October to 31 October and provides an opportunity for us all to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected by the disease.

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP has thrown her weight behind Breast Cancer Awareness Month, taking the opportunity to encourage all local women to have a regular breast screen.

“Regular breast screens are an essential component of women’s well-being,’ Ms Kealy said.

“I encourage all women over the age of 50 to take advantage of BreastScreen Victoria’s free program which takes just 10 minutes and is with a woman.

“Early detection gives women the best chance of successful treatment and recovery, which is why I am a strong supporter of the work undertaken by BreastScreen Victoria.

“Women in their 40s are also encouraged to talk to their doctor about whether breast screening should be a priority for them. A regular breast screen every two years is the best way to find cancer early.”

Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). Survival rates continue to improve in Australia with 90 out of every 100 women diagnosed now surviving five or more years beyond diagnosis. Early detection is crucial.

“It is important for all women to know the normal look and feel of their breasts,” Ms Kealy said.

“If you notice any breast changes, nipple discharge or a lump, it is important that you visit your doctor as soon as possible and before making an appointment at BreastScreen Victoria.

“I am calling on all local women between 50-74 years to prioritise a free breast screen every two years.”

For more information or to book an appointment call 13 20 50 or visit

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