Constituency Question: Breast Cancer Screening

Ms SPENCE (Yuroke) (11:55:51) — (13 841) My constituency question is for the Minister for Health. What information can the minister provide on initiatives the government is undertaking to encourage breast cancer screening for women in the Yuroke electorate? Data from BreastScreen Victoria indicates that 3759 women in the Yuroke electorate were not screened for breast cancer between 2014 and 2016. With a screening average of only 53 per cent during this time, the Yuroke electorate recorded a rate of screening lower than the statewide average.

A statistic that we all know too well is that one in eight Victorian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. However, life-saving breast screening technology can now detect cancers early, before noticeable symptoms occur. I thank the minister for her work in this area, and I look forward to hearing from her about what the government is doing to improve breast cancer detection in my electorate.