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Marjorie is making a life-saving trip to town

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November 04, 2016

‘Marjorie’ the mobile BreastScreen bus is coming to Heathcote for the first time.

Don't forget ‘Marjorie’ the mobile BreastScreen bus is coming to Heathcote for the first time.

And will be here on Friday November 18 for a week of testing.

The bus was named in honour of the late Dr Marjorie Dalgarno, who was the doctor who performed the first mammogram in Australia in the early 1950s.

Women aged 50 to 74 are the target group and are urged to add a visit to the top of their to-do lists and attend the screening service for a free breast screen.

Women aged 40 to 49 and over 74 are also welcome to attend for free.

The bright pink van is fitted with the latest digital breast cancer screening technology, enabling mammography images to be captured more efficiently and be sent to radiologists over a broadband network.

A breast screen takes 10 minutes and is with a woman.

Marjorie and her sister bus Nina travel the state on a biennial schedule circuit, servicing a total of 29 towns.

Nina is named in honour of Associate Professor Nina Sacharias, the former director of, and visiting radiologist to, the Alfred Hospital Radiology Department.

The service is in place to ensure rural and regional women have easy access to the service close to home.

Recently they have been screening around Broadford and Corryong and will be attending Tallangatta, Mount Beauty and Seymour — as well as Heathcote — between now and Christmas.

To make a booking, visit breastscreen.org.au or call 13 20 50.

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