BreastScreen SA is the accredited South Australian component of BreastScreen Australia.This is an organised national breast cancer screening program for women without breast cancer symptoms.
Breast cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer deaths in women and increases in frequency with age. One in 11 South Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 75 years.
BreastScreen SA will provide approximately 100,000 screening mammograms in the coming year. Of all the women screened approximately 5% will be recalled to the Assessment Clinic.
We provide free screening mammograms at two-yearly intervals, primarily for women aged 50 to 74, with the aim of reducing deaths from breast cancer, through early detection of the disease.
Research is less clear about the benefits of screening mammograms for women aged 40 to 49 and over 75. However, women in these age groups are also eligible for screening and are very welcome to phone for an appointment if they wish to attend.
We have seven screening clinics in metropolitan Adelaide and three mobile units that visit 27 rural and remote locations, as well as six inner and outer metropolitan Adelaide areas, every two years.
BreastScreen SA is jointly funded by the South Australian component of BreastScreen Australia, the national breast cancer screening program and is jointly funded by the South Australian Department of Health and Ageing and the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. We operate within the Statewide Services Directorate of the Central Adelaide Health Local Network.
Major policy decisions about the program are determined through the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC).