What is breast cancer screening? What services does the Cancer Institute NSW provide? Who should consider a mammogram?
Around 300,000 women are screened every year by BreastScreen NSW
Breast cancer is a collection of cells in the breast tissue that grow in an uncontrolled way. It is the most common cancer affecting women in NSW, with 1 in 8 women developing breast cancer in their lifetime.
In 2016 alone, it is expected 5,043 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and the disease will cause 916 deaths.
A screening mammogram (breast x-ray) is the best method to detect breast cancer early for women over the age of 50. Finding breast cancer early improves survival.
BreastScreen NSW aims to help women aged 50–74 detect breast cancer early by providing free screening mammograms to women at over 200 screening sites across NSW.
We encourage women aged 50–74 to have a screening mammogram every two years.
The BreastScreen Australia program was introduced in 1991. From 1993 onward, there has been a steady decline in mortality rates from breast cancer for women aged 50–69.
A screening mammogram is the best method to detect breast cancer early for women over the age of 50, however 50 per cent of women aged 50 to 74 in NSW are still not being screened.
All women aged 50 to 74 should have a mammogram every 2 years.
Visit our BreastScreen NSW website to find your nearest service, or call 13 20 50 to book your free mammogram.
Find out why it's important for women to have a mammogram and how it can help to reduce the impact of breast cancer.
Who should be screened for breast cancer? Find out the age ranges where mammograms are most important.
There are 10 areas across NSW where women experience higher rates of breast cancer risk factors.
BreastScreen NSW is a free, government funded service that aims to detect breast cancer early before it has a chance to spread.
We produce breast screening campaigns to encourage more women in NSW to get mammograms - browse the media and find out about the campaigns.