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Breast Screen awareness in migrant communities

Breast screening at a clinic (SBS) Source: SBS

Breast cancer occurs in one in eight women and is the most common causing cancer affecting women in New South Wales. Yet one in two women do not undergo regular mammograms. SBS Bangla spoke to Moushumi Martin, Breast Screen project officer at Metro Assist.


“Breast Screen Awareness in Migrant Communities” is organised by Metro Assist and funded by the Cancer Institute NSW.


The aim of the project is to raise awareness and participation rates by women in breast screening among culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

The BreastScreen program provides free screening mammograms for the early detection of breast cancer. The service uses high state of the art equipment and all images are read by at least two specially trained doctors. Appointments only take 20 minutes and all staff members on the van and at their permanent sites are female.

The screening process can find cancer as small as a grain of rice before you or your GP can feel it. If breast cancer is found in its early stages the five years survival rate is as high as 90%. If breast cancer is found early, women have more choices in treatment and have an increased chance of survival.

Breast Cancer
Courtesy of Moushumi Martin

The BreastScreen mobile van will be visiting Lakemba from the 18th of June to the 22nd of June 2018.  The van will open from 8:45 am to 4 pm and the van will be in Browning Avenue beside the Library.

BreastScreen NSW also has a permanent location in the Campsie Centre in Amy Street opposite the Big W department store. This centre is open all year round.

Women can call 13 20 50 to book or they can drop in at the mobile clinic in Lakemba to make an appointment. An interpreter can also be organised to assist women with their appointments.

Breast Cancer
Moushumi Martin, Breast Screen project Officer, Metro Assist.
By courtesy of her

SBS Bangla spoke to Moushumi Martin, Breast Screen project Officer, Metro Assist. 

Listen to Moushumi Martin’s full interview (in Bangla) with SBS Bangla in the audio player above.

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