Glenorchy cancer screening centre receives more support

A community fundraiser has raised more than $17,000 in support of a new breast cancer screening facility in Glenorchy which will provide early detection and intervention opportunities for local residents.

Independent candidate for Elwick Bec Thomas said breast cancer was the second biggest cause of cancer-related death among Australian women.

“Screening is one of the most effective ways to detect early signs of breast cancer, yet only 58 per cent of Tasmanian women aged 50 to 74 participate in breast screening,” she said.

“No one wants to see their loved one suffer or die early from breast cancer and better access to screening services will help save the lives of our precious mums, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and friends.

“I congratulate the organisers of this event for their efforts in raising money for this important cause.”

Now in its 14th year, the community breast cancer fundraising event raised $85,000 for the Jane McGrath Foundation in its first ten years before deciding to allocate the funds raised to BreastScreen Tasmania from 2021.

Over the past three years the event has raised $50,000 for BreastScreen Tasmania.

“Our hard-working Tasmanian health care staff provide outstanding service within a stretched healthcare system,” Ms Thomas said.

“To reduce the strain and stretch on our health system, we must reduce the reliance.

“We must do more to try to stop people from getting critically ill and we need greater investment in prevention and early intervention if we are to ever improve the health of Tasmanians.”

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Simon is a passionate journalist and finds joy in uncovering and sharing locally resonant stories, immersing himself in the hearts of communities. He can often be spotted out and about sourcing grassroots news for the Hobart Observer and its sister papers.

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