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.”