Funding confirmed for the continuation of targeted breast cancer screening for women aged 70-74

The Federal Budget announcement on Tuesday 9 May confirmed an ongoing commitment to fund the existing arrangements for women aged 70-74 to participate in the BreastScreen Australia program, which provides free mammograms to screen for the early detection of breast cancer.

The continuation of funding, which began in July 2013, will allow for invitation and reminder letters to be sent to women aged 70-74 to encouraging them to continue breast cancer screening. Changes to the screening age group were made following recommendation by the BreastScreen Australia evaluation report which highlighted the increasing life expectancy and higher rates of breast cancer among older Australian women.

Women over the age of 74 are not routinely invited to attend to have a breast screen, but are still eligible to attend if they choose. BreastScreen SA recommends that women over the age of 74 discuss the benefits and limitations of breast screening with their GP in consideration of other health issues.

View the Budget 2017-18 announcement (PDF 143KB) - Commonwealth Department of Health.