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New mobile breast screening service for FNQ

Member for Cook Cynthia Lui cutting the ribbon and opening the service of the new breast screening truck with Cairns and Hinterlands Hospital and Health Service Board Chairman, Clive Skaropp.

BreastScreen Queensland have introduced a new mobile breast screening vehicle to better identify and combat breast cancer in the Far North.

The Desert Rose nicknamed Rosie is a million dollar unit that provides access to the latest breast cancer screening digital technology.

The Desert Rose will join the other breast screening mobile service unit; the Orchid already in use and will help to cover the 45 locations across the far north

With access to the latest in digital technology, Desert Rose allows quick turnaround of breast screen images from remote locations allowing clinicians to review them and deliver timely results.

The new vehicle is set to visit up to 20 sites in the Cairns and Cassowary Coast region, with two radiographers able to screen at the same time.

With more than 5,000 women being screened through the mobile service each year, the addition of this truck will bolster those numbers and better able women to receive these services they otherwise would not.

Member for Cook Cynthia Lui says that this kind of service is important to people in remote areas and allows them to better look after their health.

“This sort of service is excellent for the region and it allows women to be more proactive in the discovery and prevention of breast cancer,” she said.

“I think prevention is the key and to have a service like this readily available is a huge achievement.”

The BreastScreen Mobile Service will be in Mareeba until March 24 it will then move to Cardwell, Innisfail and Tully.

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