BreastScreen Tasmania Celebrates 21 Years of Service

BreastScreen Tasmania is celebrating 21 years of outstanding service.

Since opening in 1993, BreastScreen Tasmania has performed over 483,000 screening mammograms and diagnosed almost 2000 invasive breast cancers in women over the age of 40. Most of the cancers detected were small, which is good news as treatment is more likely to be successful.

To celebrate and help raise awareness of the importance of regular breast screening, BreastScreen Tasmania is holding state-wide birthday celebrations in February 2014, with public events in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie. The traditional 21st birthday 'key' has been adapted for the celebrations' theme as screening is a key to women's future health.

Just under 60 per cent of women aged 50 to 69 have had a screening mammogram in Tasmania, so there are still many women who should be screening but haven't made a booking yet. These celebrations aim to inspire and motivate women to make an appointment.

A celebration event was today held in Hobart, with others planned for Launceston on 10 February and Burnie on 17 February. All past and present clients, as well as members of the public are welcome to attend. BreastScreen Tasmania will also have a series of Clinic Open Days across the state on 20 February offering the public 'behind-the-scenes' tours and refreshments. 

On average 350 Tasmanian women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Having regular free breast screens is a woman's best chance of detecting breast cancers early and improving their treatment outcomes.

Any woman who is thinking about attending BreastScreen for the first time is encouraged to come along to a Clinic Open Day to ask any questions or discuss any concerns they have.

BreastScreen Tasmania provides free screening mammograms every two years to eligible women. The program specifically targets women aged 50 to 74 years, however all women over 40 years are eligible to be screened. BreastScreen Tasmania has clinics in Hobart and Launceston, and a mobile unit that visits rural and regional centres. A doctor's referral is not needed to make an appointment. To book a free screening mammogram phone 13 20 50.

Breast Screen Tasmania 21st Birthday upcoming events:

South:

Open Day

When: Thursday 20 February, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Where: BreastScreen Tasmania Hobart Clinic, Level 4, 25 Argyle Street, Hobart

North:

21st Birthday launch event

When: 10 February, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Where: Queen Victoria Art Gallery, 2 Wellington Street, Launceston, Tasmania, 7250

Special guest speaker: Southern Cross news reader, Jo Palmer

Open Day

When: Thursday 20 February, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Where: BreastScreen Tasmania Launceston Clinic, Suite 2, 7 High Street, Launceston

North-West:

21st Birthday launch event

When: 17 February, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Where: Bayviews Restaurant, 1st Floor, North Terrace, Burnie, Tasmania, 7320

Special guest speakers: Jan and David Foster, well known community figures. David is also a world champion axeman.

Open Day

When: Thursday 20 February, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Where: Mobile Unit, Saunders Street Carpark (behind Woolworths), Wynyard

R.S.V.Ps for all events are essential.

Please call 6216 4319 or email bst21@dhhs.tas.gov.au .