Cancer Council Queensland has welcomed the announcement by Health Minister Lawrence Springborg that women under 40 at an increased risk of breast cancer will have access to specialist screening services.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO, Professor Jeff Dunn, commended the initiative.
“This is a vital investment for Queensland women with a family history of breast cancer,” he said.
“More than 50 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each week in Queensland and about 11 of those diagnosed will be under the age of 50.
“Since 1982, nearly 11,500 Queensland women have been diagnosed with cancer under the age of 50 and, tragically, more than 1,600 have died.
“Their daughters and granddaughters can celebrate today’s announcement as an advancement in our efforts to combat the disease.
“We applaud the Minister’s commitment to providing specialised services that support women who have a family history of breast cancer.”
About one in 10 breast cancers occur in women who have a high genetic risk.
“This service enhancement will help Queensland women with a high risk of breast cancer to detect it and beat it.
“Today’s announcement will save the lives of many Queensland women.
“Our hope is that with ongoing investment in research, prevention, and early detection, we can eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease for future generations.
“I once again commend the Minister for this lifesaving investment to promote women’s health.”
Cancer Council Queensland recommends all Queensland women be breast aware by checking their breasts regularly and discussing their risks with their GP.
Women who notice any changes in their breasts should see their doctor without delay and those in the target age range for screening (50-69 years) should get a mammogram every two years.