Breast cancer screening van in town

Book in: BreatScreen receptionist Ingrid Englert, left, and nurse Roslyn Mayfield are hoping you book in if you are due for a scan. Photo: Elsie Adamo.
Book in: BreatScreen receptionist Ingrid Englert, left, and nurse Roslyn Mayfield are hoping you book in if you are due for a scan. Photo: Elsie Adamo.

If you are due for a breast cancer screening appointment, book in now.

The BreastScreen SA Mobile Screening Unit is in Port Pirie until mid-October, and there are appointments available.

The van helps give regional women access to scans in their own town.

Roslyn Mayfield, who works as a McGrath Breast Care Nurse in town, is encouraging anyone who is eligible to get their scan done.

"It is important to catch this as early as possible," she said.

"Some women do it with a friend and make a day out of it and go and have a coffee afterwards."

There are 170 McGrath Breast Care Nurses around the nation funded by the McGrath Foundation, and Mrs Mayfield finds working in the area rewarding.

"My work is all about supporting women with breast cancer in the area," she said.

"When someone is newly diagnosed it is a terrible shock, of course.

"I am there to help them with any questions about the diagnosis and the possible treatment plans.

"I can help women find the additional support they need and I can refer people onto allied healthcare professionals that they need.

"If someone is going to be having chemotherapy, I try to be there for the first time.

"And I also run a support group monthly."

Breast screening is recommended for women aged 50 to 74 who have no symptoms of breast cancer. Women aged 40 to 49 with a strong family history of breast cancer can also book in.

To book in for your scan, visit https://www.breastscreen.sa.gov.au.

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer and would like some extra support, you can contact Mrs Mayfield at ros.mayfield@sa.gov.au or 08 8638 4655.