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New breast screening technology coming to Ballarat

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Women across Ballarat will soon have better access to more three-dimensional breast screening technology.

Announced yesterday, the state government has dedicated up to $1.8 million to buy six new digital machines, with one to be stationed at the North Western Breast Screen Victoria centre here in Ballarat.

It will help women in the BreastScreen Victoria program who are called back for more tests, so the machines can take a 3D image, instead of the standard 2D one to help deliver a faster diagnosis.

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos says it means women will be able to access better screening in the public system closer to home.

“Early diagnosis is the key to surviving breast cancer and 3D imaging means more women can get a more accurate picture with faster results, and less unnecessary and invasive follow-up testing at no expense to eligible women,” she said.

Victorian women aged between 50 and 74 are encouraged to have a free, two-yearly breast screen with BreastScreen Victoria by calling 13 20 50 or booking online at www.breastscreen.org.au.

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