News: All aboard the big pink bus
BreastScreenNT mobile bus drives home importance of mammograms for women living in the bush.
Posted: Thursday, 14 April 2016
More than 1000 women in some of the Territory’s most far-flung regions will be screened by the Health Department’s BreastScreenNT bus over the next six months.
The big pink 4x4 bus will travel more than 7000km and visit 14 different locations, including Elliott and Tennant creek, as it brings this vital service to Territory women.
The Territory’s manager of Cancer Screening Services Kim Coulter said last year 5855 women were screened by BreastScreenNT, with the mobile bus service screening 1264 women.
“Breast screening mammograms are strongly recommended for women aged 50-74 for the early detection of breast cancer.” Ms Coulter said.
“One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It is important women are aware of how their breasts look and feel and see a doctor if they notice any changes. Early detection of breast cancer offers women the best chance of successful treatment and recovery.”
The pink bus, which is equipped with a mammography machine and a satellite that beams images to Darwin, will visit Elliott from 23-24 August and Tennant Creek from 29 August – 2 September.
For more information on the visiting schedule of the BreastScreenNT Mobile 4WD service please email BreastScreenNT.THS@nt.gov.au or call 13 20 50.