Now that Sydney is reopening after a months-long lockdown, it's time to think about getting a breast check in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October.
During lockdown there was a worrying drop in routine screening for cancers, according to a shire-based breast screening clinic which is urging locals to put making an appointment at the top of their to-do list.
Women in the shire can take advantage of a world-class Rapid Access Breast Health Clinic at Miranda, operated by Integrated Specialist Healthcare.
Medical Director, Professor Anand Deva, who set-up the not-for-profit clinic, said having this "crucial service" that includes assessment, diagnosis and treatment all under the one roof was "a game changer".
"This model is built on our commitment to integrating care around the patient, so you can have the entire health system surround you when you walk into our centre, with minimal delays and frustration," Professor Deva said.
Because all our specialists - physicians, radiologists and surgeons - work together in one location we can quickly coordinate the best approach for each woman.- Dr Susannah Graham
The service - which opened in 2020 - was developed in partnership with the State Government. It is run entirely by females comprised of a team of breast health doctors, breast surgeons, and plastic and reconstructive surgeons who work in partnership with radiology and pathology.
Dr Susannah Graham, a breast surgeon who helped establish the service, said traditionally, the period following a breast cancer check could be a very anxious time, however the Miranda clinic could help reduce this anxiety by reducing waiting time.
"We can expedite imaging, biopsies, and referrals to breast surgeons if required. Because all our specialists - physicians, radiologists and surgeons - work together in one location we can quickly coordinate the best approach for each woman," Dr Graham said.
Meanwhile, the State Government's BreastScreen NSW clinics throughout Sydney have been closed for over three months during the lockdown, however a statement on their website said clinics would begin to reopen on a case-by-case basis according to COVID-19 risk in the area. Reopening dates for shire and St George services have not been listed as yet.
To make an appointment at the Rapid Access Breast Health Clinic at Miranda, visit ishc.org.au/breasthealth or call 9525 2340. No referral is necessary.
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