Referring patients to BreastScreen SA
Breast screening is open to all women from age 40. Two yearly screening is primarily recommended for all asymptomatic women aged 50 to 74, and women with a strong family history of breast cancer will be invited for screening from age 40.
While patients are not required to obtain a doctor’s referral to attend BreastScreen SA for free breast cancer screening, a recommendation from a GP or health professional is highly regarded by a woman when she is deciding to make an appointment.
We’ve put together a sample letter that practices can use to encourage women within the target age group of 50 to 74 to make their appointment for a breast screen. Some practices also follow up with patients who may be overdue for their regular breast screen by sending them a reminder letter.
Increasing screening numbers in your area
If you are a health professional and are interested in increasing participation rates in your geographical area, you can also participate in the GP Clinical Audit Activity that is run through BreastScreen SA.
For further information on how BreastScreen SA can support you in your efforts at increasing screening numbers in your area, please contact us via email at BSSAenquiries@health.sa.gov.au