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Breast cancer screening

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in Australia after non-melanoma skin cancer1, and is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in Australian women after lung cancer. Early detection and appropriate treatment can significantly improve breast cancer survival.

BreastScreen Australia is a national mammography screening program aimed at well women without symptoms, aged between 50 and 74 years, but is available free of charge to all women over the age of 40.

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.

More information is available in the breast cancer chapter of the National Cancer Prevention Policy.

If you would like to talk to someone about early detection of breast cancer call Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.


1) Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer according to general practice and hospitals data, however there is no reporting of cases to cancer registries.

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This page was last updated on: Monday, August 4, 2014