Culturally sensitive cancer screenings now on offer

By Ilias Bakalla

Rumbalara will be hosting a culturally sensitive cancer screening and information event for indigenous women on Wednesday, November 13.

It will include free screening for breast and cervical cancer as well as an exhibition by Shepparton artist Madison Connors detailing the screening process for cervical cancer and its importance.

The first 50 women will receive a free cultural screening shawl to wear during the mammogram, designed to make breast screening more comfortable for indigenous women.

The breast shawls that the women can wear during the mammogram.

Cervical cancer screening is recommended for women aged between 25 and 74 while breast screening is recommended for women aged 50 and over.

BreastScreen Victoria chief executive officer Vicki Pridmore said "when found early, breast cancer can be treated very successfully.”

Cancer Council Victoria Aboriginal liaison officer Andrea Casey said it was hoped the initiative helped women to feel positively about screening and encourage more women to participate.

Cancer Council Victoria, BreastScreen Victoria and the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation have joined together to organise the event.