Breast Cancer

COVID-19 Breast Screen Service Update as at 26 May 2020:

BreastScreen NSW has recommenced routine breast screening.  Services were suspended temporarily to protect women, staff and the community from the risk of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Please see below the latest updates for the service:


  • Screening resumption - routine breast screening has recommenced.
  • Capacity impacts - screening capacity will be impacted at most BreastScreen NSW sites due to COVID-19. A staged approach to resumption of service in NSW is planned. Please call 13 20 50 for more information relating to your closest screening service.
  • Invitations – women due for a screening mammogram who had their appointment cancelled or delayed due to service suspension are a priority. BreastScreen NSW is currently contacting these women to invite them to book an appointment for their routine breast screen.
  • Safety - BreastScreen NSW is taking necessary steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our clients in relation to COVID-19. Please refer to the summary below, and fact sheet attached.

As usual, women are encouraged to be breast aware. Should women find a breast change that is unusual for them, contact their doctor without delay.

If you have any questions or require help, please call BreastScreen on 13 20 50.

Further updates will be provided on their Website and Facebook page.


One in seven women in NSW will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, with 9 out of 10 having no family history of breast cancer.

Screening target group: Women aged 50-74 years.
Women 40 – 49 and over 74 years are also welcome and eligible.

Screening frequency: Every 2 years



CESPHN Breast Cancer Screening Program Officer
Stephanie Walker |



Information for health professionals to give to consumers 
  • BreastScreenNSW -  a number of free consumer resources are available to view and order for your practice.

    If your patient speaks a language other than English, they can call 13 14 50 to speak with an interpreter when making an appointment. Breastscreen can also organise interpreters for the screening appointments and have several sites where there are bilingual workers on specific days. Group bookings can also be made. Please call Breastscreen for arrangements on 13 20 50.

    Chinese speaking screening days at BreastScreen Kogarah

    Where: St George Hospital, Belgrave St, Kogarah
    When: Last Friday of every month
    How: Call 13 20 50 to book your free screening mammogram

    Click here to download flyer for Chinese-speaking women.

  • BreastScreen sites locations  - Click here to view current locations 

  • Screening with a disability - Cervical, breast and bowel screening is important for all people, but we know that people with intellectual disability are not screened as often as they should.  FPNSW have produced screening resources for people with an intellectual disability. 
Key contacts and support services ( including peak bodies)
  • BreastScreen NSW  – provides free screening mammography at various fixed and mobile locations. A GP referral is not required , however, GPs are encouraged to refer their patients, and likewise, patients are encouraged to share their results with their GPs. BreastScreen services are delivered by female staff.
    Click here for information regarding your role as a GP 
    Click here for online bookings