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BreastScreen van comes to Colac for the first time

From 25 February to 8 March, local women over the age of 50 can get free breast screens—the best way to find cancer early and save lives.

BreastScreen Victoria’s hot pink van, known as ‘Nina’, is coming to Colac to give free breast screens to women from the area.

Women aged between 50 and 74 should have a breast screen every two years. They are the best way to find breast cancer early, before there are symptoms and when treatment is most successful.

A breast screen can find cancer as small as a grain of rice, long before a woman or her doctor can see or feel anything.

All breast screens are with a female radiographer, in a friendly and safe environment. They don’t need a doctor’s referral or Medicare card, and only take 10 minutes.

BreastScreen Victoria CEO Vicki Pridmore is encouraging women aged 50 to 74 from Colac and surrounds to take advantage of the vans visit to town.

“Nina is one of our two mobile screening service vans which travel the state throughout the year. This visit to Colac has been organised to make sure women in this part of Victoria have access to a potentially life-saving mammogram,” said Ms Pridmore.

“The vans use the highest quality digital radiography machines to ensure that women receive the best service, regardless of their location.”

The van will be at 32-40 Gravesend St, Colac from 25 February to 8 March 2019.

Appointments for the Colac van can be made online at or by calling 13 20 50.