BREASTSCREEN has challenged Wimmera women to take charge of their health, get checked and be proactive this 2017.
Chief executive Vicki Pridmore said the new year could be a stimulating catalyst for change.
She said change could be in various forms but small changes, like a mammogram, could have a huge effect.
“For some women, it might be about fitness, finally getting around to reading that book, or de-cluttering,” she said.
“The one thing I really challenge women to do once they reach the age of 50 is to prioritise a breast screen every two years, along with other important routine health checks.
“I know from my own experience that making small changes can often have the biggest impact in life and that’s why it’s important to remember that a breast screen takes just 10 minutes.
“That’s a tiny fraction of time for valuable peace of mind.”
BreastScreen Victoria’s Horsham clinic at the Wimmera Base Hospital has free breast screen appointments available from January 5.
Ms Pridmore said it had never been easier for women to book an appointment.
“There can’t be too many new year resolutions that are going to be that easy,” she said.
“I also really encourage women to share the experience of having their mammogram with their friends.
“Hearing that another woman has gone for a breast screen, received the all-clear and had a positive experience can be a powerful motivator.”
Mammograms with BreastScreen Victoria are free and women over the age of 50 will receive an invitation to their local clinic until they turn 74.
“If you’ve been putting off getting your next or even first breast screen, you can make an appointment online anytime at breastscreen.org.au or alternatively you can call us on 132 050,” Ms Pridmore said.