BreastScreen uses mammography (x-ray pictures of the breast) because this is the most effective screening test to detect breast cancer. No other technology has been proven as a screening test to reduce deaths from breast cancer in the population.
BreastScreen services are conveniently located throughout Australia. Gold Coast services are permanently located at Helensvale, Southport and West Burleigh. A mobile unit also visits North Tamborine, Nerang, Elanora, Robina, Beenleigh and Beaudesert annually.
Phoning 13 20 50
will connect women to their nearest BreastScreen service to make an appointment. Eligible women can now also book online by visiting the BreastScreen Queensland website
. Women do not need a doctor’s referral. Some after-hours appointments are available. Women may seek interpreter assistance when booking by first phoning the Translating and Interpreting Service (13 14 50
BreastScreen Australia offers free screening mammograms for women aged 40 years and over.
BreastScreen specifically targets women aged between 50 and 74 years and invites them for a screening mammogram every two years. This is because the evidence of benefit is strongest in this age group. Women aged between 40 and 49 years, or 75 years and older can also have a free screening mammogram through BreastScreen services.
At a population level, screening mammograms are not effective for women under 40 years.
Some women may need different care and services that are not part of routine screening. This includes women who have:
- symptoms of breast cancer
- a strong family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer
- a previous diagnosis of breast cancer within the last five years
- These women should talk to their GP or BreastScreen staff about what is the right service for them
What do my results mean?
The majority of women who have a screening mammogram will get a result of ‘no evidence of breast cancer’. Women should still continue to know the look and feel of their breasts between screening mammograms, and report any changes to their GP.
Some women will be called back for more tests because the mammogram showed an abnormality. For most of these women, subsequent tests are normal and breast cancer is not found.
Women diagnosed with breast cancer following a screening mammogram are less likely to have a mastectomy (have their breast removed). Depending on a number of factors and the stage of the cancer, other treatment options can include chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormonal therapies.
BreastScreen Queensland have a number of FAQ's on their website specifically for patients.
You can also call BreastScreen Queensland on 13 20 50 or make an appointment - Book Online Now
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