Breast screen van back soon

State Member for Ballina Don Page has reassured women in the Byron Shire that the mobile breast screening van will return to Byron Bay in 2011.

Mr Page said the site the van formerly utilised in Byron Bay was no longer available.

“I have been assured, however, that a suitable site will be located as soon as possible so that the van can return to service in Byron Bay early in the new year,” Mr Page said.

“The van requires a location that provides suitable electricity supply, which is what is causing the difficulty at the moment.

“However, anyone wishing to make an appointment for the Byron Bay service can still do so by calling Breastscreen NSW on 13 20 50.

“When a site is found their call will be returned and an appointment confirmed.”

The mobile breast screen van stopped coming to Ballina and Byron Bay in mid-2008.

After sustained lobbying by Mr Page and other local representatives, the van will be returned to Ballina this month and to Byron Bay as soon as a suitable site is found.

“I encourage all women who have been putting off having their regular mammogram due to the lack of the mobile service to call Breastscreen NSW to make an appointment,” he said.

“Early detection is vital to better outcomes in the treatment of all cancers, including breast cancer.”

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