Esperance women over 40 have been urged to have a mammography examination to screen for breast cancer if they have not already done so.
Speaking at the launch of a bra art exhibition on Saturday, Esperance Women’s Health Service representative Dorothy Semple said only 52 per cent of eligible local women over 40 have had an examination.
Ms Semple said a recent study had projected that if breast cancer was diagnosed in the early stages up to 97 per cent of women could survive.
She encouraged women to attend the mobile screening van when it visits.
“The van comes here every two years and access is very available,” she said.
“The next time it comes give your girlfriends a present.
“Find the ones that haven’t been for a mammogram, take their hand and take them to the van.
“You never know, it might be their life you save.”