BreastScreen van return ‘a win'
The return early next year of the BreastScreen van to Byron Bay and Ballina was a great win for women and their families.
Convenor of the Byron Bay Breast Cancer Support Group Barbara Pinter said the news that the van would spend two weeks each in Byron Bay and Ballina every January was ‘fantastic'.
“I applaud Robyn Sparks from the Ballina Breast Cancer Support Group, members of my group and the community for their continuing campaign in getting the BreastScreen van back,” she said.
“A significant amount of women are diagnosed with breast cancer at their first mammogram. That's why these vans are so important.
“Women see the vans parked in their towns and it jogs their memory to go and have a mammogram.”
North Coast Area Health Service chief executive officer Chris Crawford said the Grafton-based van would head north twice a year, starting next year.
Ballina MP Don Page said he was very pleased that after lobbying for so long, the mobile breast screening van would once again enable women in Ballina and Byron Bay to be screened.
"The change of heart by NCAHS follows sustained lobbying by the community, their representatives and a meeting a few weeks ago with NCAHS where Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin, myself and local women from Ballina made the case for a return of the mobile breast screening unit to Ballina and Byron Bay," Mr Page said.
"Early detection of breast cancer saves thousands of lives.
“The mobile breast screening vans will be a big factor in early detection."