BreastScreen saves lives

In 2012, breast cancer accounted for 12% of all cancer diagnoses in NSW. Most women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. GPs are encouraged to ask their women when their last mammogram was, and have the conversation about the importance of regular two-yearly mammograms.

BreastScreen is a free, population screening service for women aged 40 and over with no symptoms of breast cancer. Any women who do present with symptoms should be referred elsewhere. Unlike other services, mammograms taken at BreastScreen are read by two radiologists. If they do not agree the image is read by a third independent radiologist. All staff at BreastScreen sites are female.

A free assessment service for further testing after initial screening is available if required.

This October, refer women to one of these BreastScreen locations for a mammogram:

  • Bondi Junction (Sunflower Clinic) – Westfield Bondi Junction, Level 3 of Myer
  • Camperdown – RPA Hospital, Level 4
  • Campsie – Campsie Centre, Shop 39, Level 1
  • Croydon – Croydon Health Centre, 24 Liverpool Road
  • Flemington (mobile van site 4-28 October) - Homebush West Shopping Centre, opposite Flemington train station
  • Kogarah – St George Hospital, Level 2, Burt Nielsen Wing
  • Randwick – Royal Hospital for Women, Ground Floor, Barker St
  • Sydney CBD (Rose Clinic) – David Jones Elizabeth St store, Level 3

Twenty minutes every two years could save your patient’s life.

To make an appointment, call 13 20 50 or visit www.breastscreen.nsw.gov.au for more information.