As the contributions of rural women throughout the world are celebrated today, BreastScreen SA wants to give a special shout out to the women of rural and remote South Australia.
The theme for this year’s International Day of Rural Women is Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19, which aims to raise awareness about the struggles and needs of rural women and their key role in our society.
BreastScreen SA Program Director, Niamh Wade, said the program was committed to ensuring women throughout South Australia still had access to life-saving screening services, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our 3 mobile screening units visit more than 30 locations across the state,” Ms Wade said.
“We travel over 10,000 km every two years to provide screening mammograms to women who live in some of the most rural and remote parts of South Australia.
“We know that regular breast cancer screening saves lives, and it has been heartening to see rural women in South Australia prioritising their health and continuing to screen in high numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
BreastScreen SA’s mobile screening units travel as far north as Marla, across the west to Ceduna, east to Berri, down south to Mount Gambier, and over the sea to Kangaroo Island.
A list of upcoming locations for BreastScreen SA’s mobile screening units is available here.