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Investing in Health: New Mammography Machine for Palmerston

Office of the Chief Minister

Palmerston BreastscreenNT reopens today with a new $200,000 digital radiography mammography x-ray machine.

The machine, which provides life-saving early detection for breast cancer, is located at BreastscreenNT which forms part of the Palmerston Health Precinct. 

BreastscreenNT provides a free breast screening service for women who don’t have any signs or symptoms of breast cancer. 

Each year, around 6,200 women are screened for free across the Northern Territory, with approximately 1,200 of them at the Palmerston clinic. 

Mammograms become more essential with age, with women aged 50-74 are encouraged to be screened every two years. 

Women aged 40-49 and over 75 should first talk to their GP about a free screening mammogram. 

Free BreastscreenNT services are located in Darwin, Palmerston and Alice Springs. 

To access this free service, to find out more, or to make an appointment call 13 20 50.

Quotes from Minister for Health, Natasha Fyles:

“There’s nothing more important to us than the health of Territorians. 

“The Territory Labor Government recognises the importance of access to free health services across the NT including free dental and hearing services for kids. Free mammography services is another we are proud to provide. 

“This new $200,000 investment for BreastscreenNT Palmerston is a significant piece of health infrastructure which will screen thousands of NT women, potentially saving lives through the early detection of breast cancer. 

“There are some things that are essential to our ongoing health and for women over 50, free mammograms every two years is one of those things.”

Media Contact: Hannah West 0436 641 108

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