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21 July 2020
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Jean Hailes and BreastScreen Victoria remind women to be breast aware this Women’s Health Week

‘Check in on your health’ is the message for women and girls this Women’s Health Week (7-11 September). BreastScreen Victoria has joined with Jean Hailes for Women’s Health as a community partner to help spread the campaign message, reminding women to keep up to date with regular health checks.

Bushfires and COVID-19 have caused a disruption to many health and screening services, and for many a reluctance to attend health appointments during isolation. Women’s Health Week is an important and timely reminder of the importance of health including the need for regular health checks.  

BreastScreen Victoria CEO Terri Smith says BreastScreen Victoria is excited to be working with Jean Hailes this year with a shared goal to inspire women to focus on good health and wellbeing.

“Regular breast screens are an essential part of routine well-being, and they are the best way to find breast cancer early, before any symptoms are noticed and when treatment is likely to be most successful.

“It's important to reassure everyone that it is currently safe to have a breast screen, and I encourage anyone who has received an invitation or reminder to attend their appointment.

“For most people, a breast screen takes just 10 minutes once every two years. It’s free, with a female radiographer and you don’t need a doctor’s referral to attend.”

Brenda Jones, campaign manager for Women’s Health Week says it’s really important for women to find time in their busy schedules for themselves and their health.

“If you are not sure what health checks you need speak with your GP or visit jeanhailes.org.au for age-specific health checks fact sheets. Make sure you also sign up to Women’s Health Week to receive health checks and other women’s health information during the week.”

Win a night’s stay at The Langham Melbourne

Breastscreen is offering the added incentive of a night’s accommodation at 5-star hotel The Langham Melbourne for one lucky Victorian. To go in the draw, BreastScreen Victoria clients should quote ‘Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week’ when making a booking.

BreastScreen Victoria will be promoting good health to clients to celebrate Women’s Health Week. We look forward to good health over these coming months.

Book your breast screen online or by calling 13 20 50.

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For more information on Jean Hailes or Women’s Health Week please contact Caroline Cottrill on 0438 257 246 or email caroline.cottrill@jeanhailes.org.au.

About Women’s Health Week

Women’s Health Week is run by Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, a leader in women’s health for more than 25 years. Appointed by the Australian Government as the national digital gateway for women's health and wellbeing, Jean Hailes combines evidence-based research and clinical experience with practical resources and tools for women and health professionals.

In 2019, more than 112,000 women participated in the week with 2,889 events held across the country from Esperance to the Tiwi Islands, and more than 44,000 people received online health content.

About BreastScreen Victoria

BreastScreen Victoria aims to reduce the impact of a breast cancer diagnosis ensuring the best health outcome through early detection. We invite eligible Victorians aged 50−74 to have a free mammogram every two years as they are the group most at risk of developing the disease. However, all eligible Victorians 40+ may attend.

Breast screens are for those with no symptoms, and take place with a female radiographer in a safe and friendly environment. You don’t need a doctor’s referral or Medicare card, and it only take 10 minutes.

For bookings visit: breastscreen.org.au or call 13 20 50.