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5 July, 2022

Free breast screening for Cape

WOMEN living in Cape York will soon have access to free breast scans with the Breastscreen Queensland Cairns team making their way north to service remote communities.

Free breast screening for Cape - feature photo

The tour began at Lakeland on 5 July and will soon continue onto places like Pormpuraaw, Coen, Aurukun, Weipa, Mapoon, Napranum, and Lockhart River over July and August. 

BreastScreen Queensland Cairns Health Promotion Officer Sandra Peut is encouraging local women to attend the free service while it is in their area.

“A breast screen is the best way to detect breast cancer early, often before any changes can be seen or felt by a woman or her doctor,” she said. 

One in seven women in Australia will develop breast cancer at some stage in their life and Ms Peut is encouraging women to get checked as soon as possible. 

“Early detection can save your life, providing the best chance of effective treatment, increased survival, and improved quality of life,” she said. 

Women aged over 40 are eligible for a free breast screen every two years, however, women aged 50-74 are strongly urged to ensure they have a screen more regularly. 

To make an appointment phone 13 20 50, see your health worker or head online to


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