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Local Cancer Screening Events

Screening programs aim to reduce the incidence and mortality from cancer.

If you are unsure when to screen, find out more information about Australia's three national cancer screening programs.

Please find below details of local events and screening opportunities. We encourage all residents of the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith to undertake regular screening that is relevant for them. 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This month, take the time to learn more about breast cancer screening and arrange a free screening. Local screening van times are listed below.  

Finding breast cancer early provides the best chance of surviving the disease. Remember you don’t need to be an expert or use a special technique to check your breasts.

Changes to look for include:

  • a new lump or lumpiness, especially if it's only in one breast
  • a change in the size or shape of your breast
  • a change to the nipple, such as crusting, ulcer, redness or inversion
  • a nipple discharge that occurs without squeezing
  • a change in the skin of your breast such as redness or dimpling
  • an unusual pain that doesn't go away.

Most changes aren’t due to breast cancer but it’s important to see your doctor without delay if you notice any of these changes.*

*Cancer Australia website

Breast Cancer Resources

Additional breast awareness and breast cancer information:

Breast Cancer Screening

BreastScreen is for all women aged 40 years and over, but especially for women aged 50-74 years.

Phone 13 20 50 to make an appointment for your FREE screening mammogram.

Local Mobile Screening Services

  • Hawkesbury: The BreastScreen Van will be screening at Hawkesbury Hospital, Windsor from 26 September to 6 October 2017.
  • Penrith: The BreastScreen Van will be screening at St Marys Rugby League Club, St Marys from 10 October to 11 November 2017.
  • Springwood: The BreastScreen Van will be screening at Macquarie Rd, Springwood Northern Car Park, from 13 - 24 November.
  • Lithgow: The BreastScreen Van will be screening at Lithgow Valley Plaza, Lithgow from 24 October - 9 November 2017.

Bowel Cancer Screening 

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) invites Australian’s between the age of 50-74 to screen for bowel cancer at home using a free kit.

By 2020 all Australians aged between 50 and 74 years will be offered free screening every two years.

Local Bowel Cancer Events

NBMPHN is running a number of free "Get In Early - Men's Health" education sessions in the Penrith and Hawkesbury areas, starting early August. 

Developed by Greg Millan, individuals and organisations can contact the Get in Early program now to book a session. 

Cervical Cancer Screening

It is currently recommended that all women aged between 18 and 69, who have ever been sexually active receive regular Pap tests.

Pap tests can be performed by GPs and nurses from General Practices, Community/Women’s Health Centre’s, Family Planning Centre’s, Sexual health Clinics, Aboriginal Medical Service and Gynecologist/specialist clinics.

Local Cervical Cancer Screening Directory

NBMPHN is currently developing a Cervical Cancer Screening online directory for healthcare professionals and members of the community to search for locally available cervical cancer screening services. 

This should be available in late 2017.

 

Webmaster: Samantha O'Hare, Bachelor of Arts (Comms/Internet)

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