31 January 2017

Nine out of 10 women who develop breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease, according to new research.

That’s a scary stat considering that a recent BreastScreen report showed only 50 per cent of Northern Beaches women have routine breast screening.

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​Ms Meredith Kay, Director of BreastScreen NSW Northern Sydney and Central Coast, said she was staggered at how many women put off screening because they don’t have a family history.

When breast cancer is found early, the survival rate can be as high as 97 per cent - so a regular mammogram could be life-saving.

"We are urging women aged 50-74 to ensure they are up-to-date with their breast screening," Ms Kay said.

"Even if you have no family history, it is extremely important to have regular mammograms."

Women aged 50 to 74 years living on the Northern Beaches are encouraged to have a free mammogram at the BreastScreen mobile van.

The enhanced $1.2 million BreastScreen mobile van, which includes the latest digital mammography technology, is conveniently located inside the public car park at Keirle Park, Manly, which can be accessed via Pittwater Road. The van is open Monday to Friday from 8.20am to 3.30pm.

This mobile van is visiting Keirle Park, Manly until March 3 and Warriewood from March 7 to April 13.

The Van will be parked at North Narrabeen Reserve, Pittwater Rugby Park, when it visits Warriewood.

To make an appointment, call 13 20 50.