Member for Euroa Steph Ryan is urging more women to undergo breast screening to increase the likelihood of early detection of breast cancer.
Just over half the number of women living in the Euroa electorate, aged 50 to 74, are having regular breast screens.
According to the latest findings by BreastScreen Victoria, just 54 per cent of women in the Euroa electorate were screened in 2016-2018, with the participation rate the same as the 2015-17 period.
“There are 3884 local women between 50-74 years who did not have a breast screen in the past two years,” Ms Ryan said.
“Regular breast screens are an integral component of women’s wellbeing and should be taken every two years from the age of 50.
“It is a simple, 10 minute test which can save lives, with early detection giving women their best chance for a positive outcome.”
Ms Ryan said breast cancer was the most common cancer among Australian women, apart from non-melanoma skin cancer, and the second most common cancer to cause death in women, after lung cancer.
The overall five-year survival rate for breast cancer in females is 90 per cent however, early detection remains crucial.
“Early detection gives women their best chance of a successful treatment and recovery,” Ms Ryan said.
“While 75 per cent of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50, it is important to note that all women regardless of their age should regularly check for changes in their breasts.”
Changes to watch out for include new lumps or thickening in the breast or under the arm, nipple sores, nipple discharge or turning in, changes in the size and shape or the breast, skin of the breast dimpling and rash or red and swollen breasts.
BreastScreen Victoria offer a free breast screening service. Bookings can be made on 13 20 50 or via www.breastscreen.org.au.