22 July 2019

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NEWS DESK

Free screenings to help spot cancer THE BreastScreen Victoria van will roll into Frankston on 5 August, offering free breast checks to women over 40. BreastScreen Victoria says that a breast screen is recommended for women older than 50 every two years, to help detect cancer early and act quickly. Frankston resident Tracee DavisHall was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in June 2017, and said that getting checked regularly is “critical”. She went for a check after her GP asked her if she’d recently had a mammogram. “I felt fine and had a normal health check every 12 months but I couldn’t remember the last time I had a mammogram. I wasn’t self-checking, so I was very lucky my doctor asked the question. I am a lot more vigilant now and I’m really glad I acted on her advice,” Ms Davis-Hall said. “My family were hit harder than me because they felt helpless but I was in control and very matter of fact about it. I broke the treatment path down in stages, didn’t get ahead of myself and took it one step at a time. My grandson, Elijah, was born two months before my diagnosis and seeing him every day made me feel better, especially during the grueling first stages of chemotherapy.” Now two years on from being diagnosed, Ms Davis-Hall said “I worry less, am a lot calmer and I don’t stress about the little things. I’m getting more out of my life and ticking things off my bucket list.” “I was lucky I had a great network of family, friends and work colleagues

Awareness for homeless help A FREE event will take place next week to raise awareness of the work being done to help Frankston families sleeping rough. Frankston Homelessness Network and Community Support Frankston, in partnership with council, will host a barbeque lunch, coffee van, and live music on 8 August to help raise awareness for their work. The day aims to get people connected with services that may help them in times of need. The event will take place during Homelessness Week 2019, which runs from 4 August - 10 August. Frankston mayor Michael O’Reilly said “everyone has the right to secure, affordable, safe and accessible housing. Homelessness can happen to anyone, at any point in their lives. A range of factors can contribute, such as losing a job, suffering illness, mental health problems, family violence, bereavement or relationship breakdown. A lack of affordable housing is also a key issue.” “Council is committed to advocating for improved housing affordability and wherever possible we try to connect homeless people with valuable support services such as Community Support Frankston,” he said. “I would encourage anyone experiencing or at risk of homelessness, to come along to the event. You can speak to people from the range of services about the options available to you, in a relaxed environment.” The event will be at Community Support Frankston, 35 Beach Street, 8 August 9am-12pm.

Checks ‘critical’: Frankston resident Tracee Davis-Hall with daughter Taela. Tracee Davis-Hall was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. She said that getting checked early was important. Picture: Gary Sissons

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