Posted on 08. Jun, 2010 in News

City workers and shoppers will have even better access to lifesaving breast cancer screening with a new BreastScreen clinic to open at the redeveloped David Jones city store.

Premier John Brumby, Health Minister Daniel Andrews and David Jones ambassador Megan Gale today launched the Rose Clinic located on Level 3 of the David Jones Bourke Street women’s store.

Mr Brumby said the Victorian Government was taking action to provide world-class health services with the latest advances in technology for detecting cancer early and saving lives.

“That is why we delivered $10 million to roll out state-of-the-art digital mammography equipment to BreastScreen services across the State, including here at David Jones.”

Mr Brumby said David Jones had worked with St Vincent’s BreastScreen to develop a new screening site for the busy CBD in a bid to increase breast cancer screening participation.

“The service will offer Victorian women who live and work in and around Melbourne with a convenient new location for their two yearly screens,” Mr Brumby said.

“This service will offer free breast screen appointments to more than 7,000 Victorian women each year.”

Mr Brumby said the Victorian Government had significantly increased funding for BreastScreen Victoria from $19 million in 1998-99 to $31.7 million in 2009-10.

“Our $150 million Victorian Cancer Action Plan is investing in innovative research, prevention, support and treatment strategies to improve care and save lives,” he said.

“Cancer research and treatment is a high priority for the Victorian Government and our plan aims to increase cancer survival rates for Victorians by a further 10 percent by 2015.

“This plan includes an extra $2.8 million for an additional 20,000 BreastScreen appointments annually for Victorian women.”

BreastScreen Victoria screens more than 190,000 women every year. The program is delivered through eight Screening and Assessment Services located throughout Victoria.

Women aged 50-69 are invited for screening every two years. Women aged 40 to 49 and over 70 years are also welcome to make an appointment for a screening mammogram.

St Vincent’s BreastScreen, who coordinates services in Melbourne’s CBD, screens over 38,000 women every year.

Mr Andrews said breast cancer remains the most common cancer affecting women in Victoria.

“With over 3,000 new cases and 700 deaths annually, breast cancer is the second highest cause of fatal cancer in women,” Mr Andrews said.

“Almost half of invasive breast cancer cases diagnosed each year in Victoria are detected by the BreastScreen Victoria program.

“The five year survival rates of women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer has increased from 74 per cent in 1990 to 87 per cent in 2004.”

Mr Andrews said finding breast cancer early gives the best chance of successful treatment and recovery.

“A BreastScreen appointment every two years is the best way to find breast cancer early,” Mr Andrews said.

“I encourage all women aged 50 to 69 to phone BreastScreen Victoria on 13 20 50 and make an appointment as soon as possible.”  Their website address is:-

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