Breast-cancer support just a phone call away

SUPPORT: McGrath Breast Care Nurse Ros Mayfield, left, discusses the operation of the mammogram screening unit with the van's receptionist Ingrid Englert.

SUPPORT: McGrath Breast Care Nurse Ros Mayfield, left, discusses the operation of the mammogram screening unit with the van's receptionist Ingrid Englert.

It can be lonely and challenging after a breast-cancer diagnosis, but McGrath Foundation nurse Ros Mayfield welcomes calls from women needing support.

Ros highlighted her availability on 0417 481 497 any time while promoting the BreastScreen SA Mobile Screening Unit which provides free mammograms.

The check-up van is located beside the GP Plus Health Care Centre, in Gertrude Street, until mid-August.

Ros said one in eight women were diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 85 years old so it was a fairly common disease.

“To have screening mammograms is the best way to pick up breast-cancer early,” she said.

“The earlier it is detected, the more easily treatable it is.

“We are lucky in this country to have this screening service given to us free.

“I want to let women know that I am here and available to provide them with support and information with the many facets of care including physical, psychological and emotional support.

“I can help with questions they may have and co-ordinate appointments and assist with transport.”

Ros runs a support group that enables women to meet with other women who have had similar experiences.

“I can be a sounding board for them, someone they can ring to talk things over with,” she said. 

“I can see people in the GP Plus centre or at their home and can travel through the Mid North. 

“I have met some really great ladies in my job as we work together through their challenges.”

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