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Nurses from Townsville Hospital have been in Mount Isa spreading the word about breast screening. A breast screen van will be in Mount Isa and surrounding regions from May until September, providing an opportunity for women to have a check up. The van will target Indigenous women to participate but was open to anybody eligible.
'Women didn't need to have found a lump in their breast to be checked, as prevention was part of the task too,' says Indigenous cancer coordinator Leila Murison.
BreastScreen Indigenous liaison officer Phillipa Cole said the service's slogan was 'screening for health not screaming for help', which she wanted to project to north west women. 'It's not a scary thing, the van looks good with some artwork, it's not a sterile environment and we'll be in Mount Isa at rodeo time so those women from out of town can pop in and get checked,' she said.
The mobile unit will be in Mount Isa from June 3 until August 27, Cloncurry from May 20 until 31, and Julia Creek from September 2 to 5.
Source: The North West Star