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Women share morning tea and breast cancer message

A group of women met at Lockington and District Bush Nursing Centre for a social event motivated by a serious cause.

ELAINE COONEY April 8, 2014 3:10am

Heather Gordon and Evi Harrop enjoy morning tea and learn about breast cancer. Photo: Elaine Cooney

Women gathered for a high tea for breast cancer and ovarian cancer awareness at Lockington and District Bush Nursing Centre on Friday.

The women were treated to a spectacular spread of cakes and speeches by top health care specialists.

Echuca Regional Health breast care nurse Bianca Fleming spoke to the women about the importance of checking their breasts regularly.

She advised the group to pick a monthly calendar date or the first day following a period to do the checks.

Ms Fleming said while many lumps turned out to be cysts or hormonal issues, a doctor should be notified of any changes.

She told the group that women owed it to their families to be breast aware and find cancer early.

ERH women’s health nurse Marg Fuller, who offers free pap smear tests at the bush nursing centre every month, spoke about ovarian cancer.

She said the most common symptoms of the disease were diarrhoea and constipation.

Ms Fuller advised women to see a doctor if symptoms persisted for more than two weeks.

Medicare local representative Judith White spoke about the importance of keeping e-health records.

Ms White said the online records were invaluable for accessing health records while on vacation.

She said if a patient was admitted to a hospital and had an e-health record doctors could spend more time treating them than searching for medical records.

Ms White said patients could choose what to declare on the e-health record stressing it was important to declare major health issues such as heart conditions or cancer.

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