Breast screening safely returns

The BCI BreastScreen van visits Windsor.

The Westmead Breast Cancer Institute (BCI) mobile screening van will visit the St John of God Hospital, 2 Day Street, Windsor from 16 June until 22 July.

In addition, screening has commenced in BCI Sunflower clinics located in Myer stores at Blacktown Castle Hill, Parramatta and Penrith.

Clinics are also operational at Auburn, Katoomba, Mount Druitt and Westmead Hospitals.

BreastScreen NSW Sydney West, which is managed by the Westmead BCI, provides free mammograms to eligible women aged between 50 and 74 in the Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains area.

BCI staff have taken all necessary measures in relation to COVID-19 to protect women, staff and the wider community in all BreastScreen services. This includes:

  • Pre-screening questions around personal health and travel
  • Limiting the number of people in the clinic/van
  • Practicing social distancing and providing hand sanitizer in waiting rooms
  • A minimal contact check-in process
  • Additional cleaning of equipment and commonly used surfaces.

Westmead BCI director Associate Professor Nirmala Pathmanathan says a screening mammogram is one of the most important things women aged 50-74 can do for their health.

“Detecting breast cancer early increases your chance of survival while reducing the likelihood of invasive treatment, such as mastectomy or chemotherapy,” Nirmala said.

“Around 90 per cent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history. This is why breast cancer screening is so important for all eligible women.”

“Bringing this vital service means more local women can be screened for their two yearly mammogram. Life gets busy and we want women to make their health a priority.”

The mobile van is in town from 16 June until 22 July and is located on the grounds of the St John of God Hospital, 2 Day Street, Windsor.

The service is free and there’s no referral needed.

Mobile vans have the latest digital mammography technology and secure wireless communication system.

The NSW Government, through the Cancer Institute NSW, is investing $62.2 million in breast cancer screening this financial year.

To book a mammogram with BreastScreen NSW, call 13 20 50 or visit