A new policy announced by health minister Lawrence Springborg yesterday (November 1) will allow access for women under 40 who have an 'increased risk' of breast cancer to specialist screening services.
It was also revealed by Mr Springborg that Brisbane's Breast Cancer Family History Clinic would receive an extra $400,000 in funding to support women at high risk of familial breast cancer.
"Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among women in Queensland," Mr Springborg said.
"While breast cancer cannot be inherited, the faulty breast cancer gene can be. High risk women have a 50 per cent or greater risk of developing breast cancer than the general population."
The funding will allow 350 women to be screened each year, with some money going toward hiring an extra radiographer and nurse.
"This money will help the Breast Cancer Family Clinic to detect breast cancer early and improve treatment outcomes," Mr Springborg said.
Women are considered to be at high risk if they have a first degree relative – mother, daughter, sister – diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 50, a first degree relative with cancer in both breasts and two or more first degree relatives with breast cancer at any age.
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