Testimony from BreastScreen Qld

Dear Sue,
The Sunshine Coast Women’s Lifestyle Expo encourages women to take a little time out of their busy lives to look after their own health and wellbeing. The 2011 Expo provided a great venue for BreastScreen Queensland to reach a large number of women with a similar message, take a few minutes every two years to have a free BreastScreen.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, with Queensland women having a one in 10 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer.
The good news is that early detection of breast cancer through the high quality services provided by the BreastScreen Queensland Program, along with improvements in treatment and drug therapy, has significantly improved survival and quality of life.
Age is the biggest risk factor for breast cancer. That is why women between 50 and 69 are strongly encouraged to have a BreastScreen every two years, but all women 40 and over are eligible for free breast cancer screening.
BreastScreen Queensland will be at the Women’s Lifestyle Expo again this year, hoping to promote free breast cancer screening to more women in the community. Our friendly staff will be onsite to inform, discuss and distribute promotional/educational materials .Women will be encouraged to make appointments so that BreastScreen Qld reaches is target of screening 70% of the eligible population. Thus being more effective in reducing morbidity and mortality rates related to breast cancer..
Health Promotion events such as the Women’s Lifestyle Expo, are successful in opportunistically recruiting women to make appointments with BreastScreen Qld. The majority of these are new and lapsed clients, who may not otherwise make appointments. BreastScreen staff provide tailored information and advice before booking appointments.
BreastScreen Queensland is also pleased to announce that breast screening will be available at our new permanent site located at 72 Duporth Ave , Maroochydore from 1 March 2012. Our presence at the Women’s Lifestyle Expo will enable us to promote our new service so that more eligible Sunshine Coast women will access this free vital service.
BreastScreen Qld will greatly benefit from  being  involved with the 2012 Sunshine Coast  Women’s Expo.
Kind Regards
Mareta O’Brien
Health Promotion Officer
BreastScreen Qld Sunshine Coast