Why breast screening is important
A screening mammogram is the best method to detect breast cancer early for women over the age of 50. Finding cancer early improves survival.
1 in 8 women in NSW will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and the risk of developing breast cancer increases with age.
Why have a screening mammogram?
A screening mammogram is an x-ray of the breasts for women who have not noticed any symptoms or changes in their breasts. Screening mammograms usually involve two x-ray pictures of each breast.
The x-ray pictures can find cancers as small as a grain of rice before you or your doctor can feel any changes in your breasts.
Why are screening mammograms important?
When breast cancer is found early, most women will get better and get back to their normal lives.
This is because breast cancer treatment works best when the cancer is still small and has not spread outside the breast to other parts of the body.
If your cancer is picked up by BreastScreen NSW you are almost half as likely to need a mastectomy.