In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the easing of COVID-19 restrictions across the state, BreastScreen NSW has recommenced its operations across the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD).
The service was put on a temporary suspension in response posed by the COVID-19 delta strain and a need to redeploy staff to support the pandemic response at local health districts in need across the state.
According to BreastScreen, one in seven in NSW will develop breast cancer, with screening mammograms key to detecting breast cancer early, before any symptoms are noticed.
BreastScreen NSW Designated Radiographer, Bronwyn Morley said that woman who had previously had their appointments cancelled should wait to be contacted before calling the service.
"We are asking the community to be patient as we work through our priority bookings," Mrs Morley said.
"Please hold off on contacting us unless you have received an invitation to screen."
In the wake of leaving BreastScreen NSW have also now implemented a number of COVID-19 COVID-19 safe measures at its clinics and mobile screening vans to protect women, staff and the wider community.
"Our staff are working tirelessly to ensure women can rebook their life saving breast screen as soon as possible," Mrs Morley said.
All clients will be required to wear masks to their appointments and are requested to attend their screening appointments alone to ensure adequate physical distancing.
Workers are also required to be double vaccinated by November 30.
"We continue to urge any women experiencing breast symptoms to see their regular doctor without delay to get a referral for diagnostic testing, which continues to be the nationally recommended pathway for symptomatic women," BreastScreen said.
"When breast cancer is picked up early, most women will recover and can get quickly back to normal life - so a 20 minute breast screen appointment every two years can make all the difference!".
For more information about BreastScreen, checking your breasts and booking an appointment please visit breastscreen.nsw.gov.au
The Griffith BreastScreen is located at the Griffith medical Specialist Centre on Binya Street.
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