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Record breast screening numbers achieved thanks to Primary Health Care support

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An increased number of BreastScreen Queensland Gold Coast Service clients reported it was their doctor or health professional recommendation that prompted them to book a breast screen last financial year. This is great news as research continues to show Primary Health Care provider recommendation plays a key role in encouraging women to attend breast screening. Primary Health Care provider support has contributed to record attendance by eligible women at the local BreastScreen service, with more than 33,000 women screened in 2018/19; 79% of whom were aged 50-74 (the target group).  
Of the 33,000 clients:
  • More than 4400 women joined the BSQ program for their first breast screen
  • Over 300 women were of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background
  • Clinical breast examinations were performed on 2300 women, and
  • Over 1500 clients were seen for follow-up tests, leading to 3 – 4 breast cancers diagnosed per week, on average.
With only 53% of local 50 to 74 year old women participating in regular breast screening, continued support from Primary Health Care providers is vital to increase screening rates and help save lives through early detection. For more information on BreastScreen Queensland, visit the website or call 13 20 50. 
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