BreastScreen Queensland’s state-of the-art mobile screening van has wrapped up a successful visit to
Longreach with a total of 388 women booked in for free breast screens.

BreastScreen Queensland Rockhampton Service Clinical Director Dr Lea Kleinschmidt said the
Longreach visit would end on 26 May, with the van relocating to Winton from 30 May to 8 June.

“I’d like to thank the women of Longreach for their response to this year’s visit,’’ Dr Kleinschmidt said.

“The good turnout shows the breast screening message is getting out there.

“A breast screen is the best way to detect breast cancer early, well before a woman or her doctor can
feel anything. Early detection could save your life, with 9 out of 10 women surviving thanks to early
detection.

“The risk of breast cancer increases with age, which is why we encourage all women over 40 to have a
breast screen ever two years and particularly women between the ages of 50 and 74.’’

Dr Kleinschmidt said she would also like to thank the Longreach Regional Council for helping make this
year’s breast screen van visit a success.

“With the major redevelopment works currently under way at Longreach Hospital, we had to find an
alternative site on which to locate our mobile screening van for this year’s visit,’’ she said.

“At very short notice, Longreach Regional Council arranged for us to set up at Rotary Park, on the corner
of Snipe and Crane streets, and even organised to have power connected to the van.

“It was an amazing effort and I’d like to thank council staff, Mayor Ed Warren and Community and
Cultural Services Director David Perry for their support.

“We very much appreciated their help and I’m sure so do the women of Longreach.’’
Following Winton, the remainder of the BreastScreen Queensland schedule for the Central West is:

• Barcaldine: 12 June – 26 June
• Blackall: 27 June – 7 July.
• Tambo: 10 July – 12 July

“This is a great opportunity for women to access breast screening, especially when it is delivered closer
to your home,’’ Dr Kleinschmidt said.

• A doctor’s referral is not required to attend the mobile screening service, so phone
BreastScreen Queensland on 13 20 50 to make an appointment today.
• Or you can book online by visiting: http://www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au/