Breast screening is the process of screening for cancer in the breasts of healthy women who currently have no symptoms.
Breast screening is done using an X-ray of the breasts called a screening mammogram.
A breast screen can detect most breast cancers, including those too small to be felt. If breast cancer is found at an early stage, there is a greater chance of successful treatment.
Who should have regular breast screening?
Breast screening is available free from Breastscreen SA for eligible women.
Breast screening is recommended for all women aged 50 to 69 without breast symptoms. Having a free breast screen every two years has been found to reduce your chance of dying from breast cancer by about 40%.
For women aged 40 to 49 and over 70, the research is less clear about the benefits of breast screening, however you are still eligible for free breast screening.
|Did you know - It's Free. It can save your life.|
|1 in 10 South Australian women will develop breast cancer before the age of 75|
|If breast cancer is found at an early stage, there is a greater chance of successful treatment|
|75% of all breast cancer cases in Australia is diagnosed in women over the age of 50|
|9 in 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease|
|Your breast screening appointment can take as little as 15 minutes|
|A doctor’s referral is not needed|
|Most women who attend for screening are reassured that their breast screen shows no evidence of breast cancer|
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Importance of breast awareness
It is important to be breast aware at any age and even if you have regular breast screens.
- Breast cancer can occur at any age, but it is much less frequent in women under the age of 40
- While regular breast screens are currently the most effective tool for early detection, they do not cure cancer or prevent breast cancer from developing in the future.
If you notice a change in your breasts, such as a lump or nipple discharge, you should see your doctor as soon as possible for further investigation.
We have 3 mobile screening units travelling to country regions around South Australia and 6 clinics based in the Adelaide.
Contact your Health Worker to find out where the mobile screening units are during the year.