BreastScreen SA acknowledged as having the highest participation rate in the nation
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) have recently released the 2014-15 data summarising the participation rates achieved by each of the BreastScreen Australia programs across Australia.
The breast screening participation rate for women living in South Australia aged 50 to 74 years for 2014-15 was 57.6%, which is above the national rate of 53.2% and was the highest of all the states and territories.
While this is a fantastic achievement for the program and the women of South Australia, it still leaves room for increased participation.
Ms Jane Burden, General Manager for the BreastScreen SA program, said that by having a regular breast screen every two years, women aged 50 to 69 can decrease their chance of dying from breast cancer by up to 41%.
‘Despite this fact, only one in two eligible women are taking part in this free service.
‘Furthermore, to achieve the maximum benefit of breast screening in the South Australian population, we need a participation rate of around 70% - and we are still quite a way away from that,’ Ms Burden said.
This is a sentiment echoed by Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Lincoln Size.
‘Mammography is still the only proven method to detect breast cancer early, and we would encourage women to continue to screen every two years from ages 50-74,’ Mr Size said.
‘When breast cancer is detected early through screening, women have a much great chance of being treated successfully. We urge women to utilise BreastScreen SA’s screening service, which is one of the best in the country.’
The service is available for all women over 40 who have no symptoms of breast cancer, and it is provided for free from one of BreastScreen SA’s seven metropolitan clinics or three mobile screening units.
To make an appointment, please call BreastScreen SA on 13 20 50.