By Olivia Condous
The city of Melton will be one of five municipalities to receive a new permanent breast screening service, as part of a state government initiative to give Victorian residents better access to life-saving cancer screening and specialist care.
The new service will be funded with a $20 million share as part of the most recent state budget, with the goal of providing 36,000 Victorians annually with breast screening services by 2026.
The five new services are all expected to be available in January 2025.
The neighboring community of Wyndham will also have converted the temporary breast screening site in Hoppers Lane into a permanent service with a greater capacity.
The new services are part of the Victorian Canacer Plan 2020-2024, which aims to reduce the damage caused by all cancers and save 10,000 lives by 2025.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said more Victorians survived breast cancer thanks to better treatments and earlier detection.
“We’re making it even easier to get screened with eight additional breast screening services statewide.”
Victorian Minister for Women, Gabrielle Williams, said it was important for residents not to delay having a breast exam.
“Book your free breast screening today, it’s fast, easy and more accessible than ever.”