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June 2013

Group of people jpegMinister for Health David Davis with BreastScreen Victoria Board Chair Katherine McGrath, CEO Vicki Pridmore, Board Member Sue Viney, Breast Cancer Network Australia CEO Maxine Morand and Board member Michael Jefford.

BreastScreen celebrates its 20th anniversary

Almost 200 people gathered at Queens Hall, Parliament House, to celebrate 20 years of breast screening in Victoria.

Most – who were treated to morning tea – were women who have had at least 10 breast screens through the BreastScreen Victoria program during its 20 year history.

Since the program officially launched in 1993, more than 3.5 million screens have been performed.

BreastScreen Victoria Chief Executive Officer Vicki Pridmore said the women who attended the event were great role models for all Victorian women.

‘These women have consistently made their health a priority by using the breast screen service every two years,’ said Ms Pridmore.

‘With one in nine women being diagnosed in their lifetime, these women are setting a fantastic example of how important it is to make the time, just 10 minutes every two years, for peace of mind.’

Ms Pridmore said the past 20 years had seen huge advances in breast cancer research, prevention and treatment.

‘It’s fantastic to see the progress in research, awareness, treatments and technology.

‘One example is that, in Victoria, our screening is now fully digital,’ said Ms Pridmore.

Victorian Health Minister David Davis commended the development and implementation of the program during the past two decades.