The latest data shows in 2013/14, only 58 per cent of eligible Queensland women (aged 50-69) had a free mammogram through BreastScreen Queensland.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said it was vital for eligible women to participate in screening, and for all Queensland women to be breast aware.
“One Queensland woman dies from breast cancer every 16 hours – it’s absolutely crucial that all women know the early warning signs and how to spot them easily,” Ms Clift said.
“Five minutes of being breast aware could save your life. Our guide and handy shower hanger highlight quick steps to spotting the early signs of breast cancer.
“No two boobs are the same – Queensland women should look for changes in size, unusual dimpling or rashes, changes to the nipple, lumps and bumps or pain or swelling.
“We need all Queensland women to be breast aware and familiarise themselves with the normal look and feel of their breasts.
“All women should see a doctor immediately if they notice any unusual breast changes.
“Checking at home should be accompanied by regular mammograms for eligible Queensland women, in order to detect breast cancer early and save lives.
“If you have boobs – you need Cancer Council Queensland’s free five signs breast cancer guide.”
Queenslanders can text SIGNS to 0475 555 556 to receive their free five signs guide to breast health.
Cancer Council Queensland recommends women aged 50-74 have a mammogram every two years through BreastScreen Queensland.
Women at a high risk or with a family history should discuss their screening options with a GP.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Queensland women – around 3300 new cases are diagnosed each year, and about 560 women die from the disease.
More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at cancerqld.org.au or 13 11 20.
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