Lifestyle

Cancer screening saves lives

AROUND half of eligible Australians are failing to be screened for bowel, breast and cervical cancer.

Department of Health and Ageing statistics show that only 55 per cent of women are undergoing breast screens and just 57% are having tests for cervical cancer.

While only 40% of Australians taking part in the Bowel Cancer Screening kit program.

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service acting executive director of medical services Dr Peter Gillies said this is despite researchers estimating 20-30 lives per week could be saved by a higher take-up rate throughout Queensland.

"Cancer screening is the best way of finding cancers early before they can be felt or seen.

A recent Breast Screen Victoria study of those who had never or only rarely had a screening found 78% thought it was worthwhile but simply kept putting it off.

BreastScreen Queensland Toowoomba Service health promotion officer Jessica Hobbs said one in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in their life.

"Ninety per cent of women who develop breast cancer will in fact have no family history. It's a free service and it only takes ten minutes.

"Women who are screened for breast cancer have experienced a 25-35% decrease in mortality compared to those who are not screened," she said.

For more information visit the websites below or talk to their GP.

Topics:  bowel cancer, breast cancer, cancer, cancer screening, cervical cancer


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Lockyer victorious in futsal

CHAMPIONS: The Solomon Island Lockyer Valley Community futsal team won the Solomon Islands Wantok futsal championship.

The Solomon Islands ‘Wantok’ Interstate Games in Melbourne.

Smart pup solution

SMART PUP: Erin, Darren and Maximus Rayner welcomed their Smart Pup assistance dog, Bindi, into their Rosewood home last week.

Darren and Erin Rayner finally welcome smart pup into family.

Couple send warning on scam

SCAM WARNING: Beverley and David Whalley are warning the community to be vigilant after they were targeted in well written scam.Photo Tom Threadingham / Gatton Star

Couple warn Lockyer Valley community of latest scam

Latest deals and offers

Lockyer victorious in futsal

The Lockyer Valley claimed a special victory during the annual Solomon Islands ‘Wantok’ Interstate Games in Melbourne.

Smart pup solution

SMART PUP: Erin, Darren and Maximus Rayner welcomed their Smart Pup assistance dog, Bindi, into their Rosewood home last week.

Darren and Erin Rayner finally welcome smart pup into family.

Couple send warning on scam

SCAM WARNING: Beverley and David Whalley are warning the community to be vigilant after they were targeted in well written scam.Photo Tom Threadingham / Gatton Star

Couple warn Lockyer Valley community of latest scam

Cook sworn in as Lockyer Valley Deputy Mayor

The newly appointed Lockyer Valley Deputy Mayor Jason Cook says he is looking forward to working closely with Mayor Tanya Milligan.

Deputy job for newly elected councillor

Guests roll into Hot Rods Diner

Melanie Lovel (Miss Diamond Devine) and Shelley Lester (Scarlette Noir) at Hot Rods Diner grand opening.

Official grand opening for newest restaurant in Gatton

Storm makes for great shot

Reader Drew Chapman caught this amazing shot of four lightning strikes at once, looking out over the Minden Range.

Amazing image of a lightning strike near Minden

Blake Lively Film Shot on Gold Coast

Blake Lively in The Shallows.

New trailer for shark thriller The Shallows starring Blake Lively.

Dash Cam of Head-on Crash

Head-on crash after overtaking in fog.

Disaster as driver overtakes in fog at night.

Spirit of Tasmania Ferry in Rough Seas

Rough seas toss ferry around.

Passengers scream as ferry rides through high seas.

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances