The Mum's Day gift money can't buy

Thursday, 18th May, 2017

Mums are being encouraged to be proactive about their health and schedule a breast screen.

THE Mother's Day flowers have wilted and the chocolates are all gone, but there's one more thing to do before wrapping up the celebrations.

Women are being urged to book in a breast screen as a present to themselves.

The One More Thing campaign, launched by Queensland Health, encourages women to prioritise regular health checks.

"Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women and the second highest cause of cancer-related deaths in Queensland women," said the state's health minister Cameron Dick.

"One in eight women will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime.

"The good news is, early detection saves lives and has contributed to the improvement in breast cancer five year survival to 90%.
"Women aged between 50 and 74 years are the most at risk group and need to make booking a priority."

BreastScreen Queensland introduced a new online booking system in December 2016. Since then, there have been more than 17,000 online bookings by Queensland women.

"The new online booking system is user friendly and has been hugely successful in allowing women to put their health first," Mr Dick said.

Women aged 50 to 74 are encouraged to have a breast screen every two years. It's free and only takes 30 minutes.

For more information or to make an appointment online visit or call 13 20 50.

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