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Free breast checks in the Tablelands


A free breast screen service arrives in the Tablelands today and will be available for several months. 

It is the first time the mobile truck is visiting Atherton, with local women being urged to take advantage of the service.

BreastScreen Queensland's Sandra Peut says as the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women, early detection of breast cancer is extremely important.

"One in seven women in Queensland will be diagnosed by the time they're 85, so it's a pretty big deal," she says.

"The good news is that if it's found early, then the chances of survival are excellent, they are over 90 percent."

The mobile truck will remain in Atherton until March 2021 before travelling to more than 40 locations across the Far North.then we start heading up to the Cape again," Ms Peut says.

"After that [Atherton], we are heading to Mossman, and then we'll be back on the Tablelands at Ravenshoe and Mount Garnett.

"We travel everywhere and we try make it really easy for women to get a free breast screen''.