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Free service 'well worth it'

Monday, 9th May, 2011

FREE SCREEN: Breast cancer sufferer Mary Jinks is encouraging all women over 40 to get a free breast screening. FREE SCREEN: Breast cancer sufferer Mary Jinks is encouraging all women over 40 to get a free breast screening.

Free breast screening is available at the hospital for a limited time and women are being encouraged to take advantage of it.

The free screening is available to all women over the age of 40 years until May 14 in the x-ray department.

Also known as mammographic screening, the process looks for breast cancer in women who have no symptoms, such as a lump or nipple discharge.

Local woman Mary Jinks was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of last year, and she is encouraging every woman over 40 or women with a history of breast cancer to get tested.

"I mean, it's free and if they detect any little problem they are straight on to it," Mrs Jinks said.

"As soon as I turned 40 I had one. I'd definitely encourage people to do it."

The mother of two and grandmother of four was diagnosed shortly before her 60th birthday. Mrs Jinks said she was in Adelaide last week for chemotherapy.

She has to have six lots of chemotherapy and then undergo radiation for six weeks.

After recently having a mastectomy, Mrs Jinks said having a test was well worth the trouble

"My friend had a bit of a scare. They flew a specialist up and checked it out quite quickly," she said.

For more information or to book an appointment contact 13 20 50 or visit www.bsnsw.org.au

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