“Early detection saves lives!” – Breast cancer survivor Gladis Saifain urges Arabic-speaking women to have regular screening mammograms. 

Gladis Saifain joined BreastScreen NSW to launch a new engagement program aiming to end the misconceptions and apprehensions about screening mammograms among Arabic-speaking women on Tuesday 2 May in BreastScreen Liverpool.

Over 9,000 Arabic-speaking women in NSW who are eligible for the BreastScreen program have not had their recommended mammogram in the past two years.

In fact, less than half of Arabic-speaking women across the state screen for breast cancer every two years, significantly fewer than in the wider community.

The BreastScreen NSW 2017 Community Engagement Program aims to raise awareness of the importance of screening and address the barriers to screening among Arabic-speaking women.

Join Gladis, BreastScreen NSW radiographer, Vicki Green, and BreastScreen NSW spokesperson Samantha Raheb as they officially launch the program and address the important issue of raising breast screening rates among Arabic-speaking women and detecting breast cancer early.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. A lot of women think they can only get breast cancer if someone in their family has had it. That’s simply not true. No one in my family had breast cancer. Nine out of ten women who develop breast cancer have no family history. Even if you don’t have a family history of breast cancer, get screened. Don’t leave it to chance. Having a mammogram could save your life” – Gladis Saifain (Breast cancer survivor and BreastScreen NSW champion)