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Breast cancer screening
Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women after non-melanoma skin cancer1, and causes the most cancer deaths in Australian women. Early detection and appropriate treatment can significantly improve breast cancer survival.
BreastScreen Australia is a national mammography screening program available free of charge to women over the age of 40.
It is aimed at well women without symptoms, aged between 50 and 69 years (women aged 40-49 and 70 years and older are also able to attend if they wish).
Eligible women should be screened every two years at one of the 500 locations available nationwide. To make an appointment at your nearest BreastScreen Australia service phone 13 20 50 (cost of a local phone call).
Cancer Council Australia strongly recommends that women take part in the national breast screening program, while remaining breast aware at all times. If you notice any changes to the normal look and feel of your breasts at any time, see your doctor.
If you would like to talk to someone about early detection of breast cancer call Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.
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This page was last updated on: Sunday, August 12, 2012