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Higher risk areas for breast cancer in NSW

There are ten areas across NSW where women experience higher rates of breast cancer risk factors.

Despite this, over 70,000 women in these areas have not had a screening mammogram in the past two years.

Breast cancer risk factors include: family history, physical inactivity, alcohol consumption and smoking.

These areas cross geographic and socio-economic boundaries, highlighting that breast cancer can affect you no matter where you live.

NSW breast cancer risk zones

Areas with lower screening rates and higher rates of known risk factors

Click on a percentage to find out more about the risk factors of each area.

% = breast cancer screening rates of women aged 50-69

47 % Wollondilly • Smoking• Obesity• Low exercise 47 % Waverley • High income• Maternal age > 35 42 % Woollahra • High income• Maternal age > 35 50 % Wollongong • Alcohol• Smoking• Obesity 49 % Gosford • Alcohol • Smoking• Low exercise• Obesity 49 % Wyong • Alcohol • Smoking• Low exercise• Obesity 45 % Penrith • Obesity• Low exercise 48 % Blue Mountains • Maternal age > 35 • High income• Low exercise• Obesity 46 % Byron • Maternal age > 35 • Alcohol• Smoking• Obesity 42 % Camden • Smoking• Obesity• Low exercise

The participation rate data is for NSW women aged 50-69 in the 24-month period ending 31 March 2016.
''Breast cancer occurs more frequently in women who live in more affluent areas. This probably relates to lifestyle factors.''
Data Source: Cancer Australia. [Online] [Cited: 15 May 2016.] https://canceraustralia.gov.au/affected-cancer/cancer-types/breast-cancer/your-risk-and-breast-cancer/risk-factors

More information is available in the media release.

What can you do to reduce your risk?

BreastScreen NSW recommends all women aged 50–74 have a mammogram every two years. If breast cancer is detected early, women have a 98 per cent chance of survival.

Women can also reduce their risk of breast cancer by:

  • maintaining a healthy weight
  • exercising
  • reducing alcohol intake
  • quitting smoking.

Book a mammogram today with BreastScreen NSW by phone 13 20 50, or find your nearest BreastScreen NSW service online: breastscreen.nsw.gov.au.

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