Millie BreastScreenNT Bus Begins Territory Tour

NT Government

Over one thousand women in remote communities visited ‘Millie’ the bus last year to be screened for breast cancer, assisting women across the Territory to access early detection.

Of the 6,000 Territorian women who were screened in 2023, Millie changed the lives of 49 women who were found to have breast cancer.

Millie, the BreastScreenNT mobile screening bus, is set to start her six month 16,000 kilometre trip across the Northern Territory, including regional towns and 19 remote communities, with her first stop outside Parliament House in Darwin.

The service offers free mammograms to women aged 50 to 74 for early detection of breast cancer. Women aged 40 to 49 or over 74 are welcome to screen with BreastScreenNT, but it is recommended they have a discussion with their doctor in the first instance.

Research shows regular screening is the most effective way to detect breast cancer and improve survival rates for women in this age group.

Millie will be parked outside Parliament House from Monday, 4 March to Friday, 8 March which is International Women’s Day, before heading to Belyuen, Warruwi, Maningrida, Galiwinku, Nhulunbuy, Groote Eylandt, Jabiru, Katherine, Mataranka, Elliot and Tennant Creek, with a final stop in Wadeye.

Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Australian women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancer.

Survival rates continue to improve in Australia with around 92 out of every 100 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer now surviving five or more years after diagnosis.

BreastScreenNT works with remote primary healthcare centres to ensure all eligible women are aware and encouraged to have their breast screen when Millie is in their community.

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