Information for Aboriginal Women

Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting Aboriginal women. Find out about having your free screening mammogram with BreastScreen NSW today.

Screening Mammograms for Aboriginal Women

A screening mammogram – also called a breast screen – is an x-ray of your breasts. Screening mammograms are used to detect breast cancer early.

Breast Screening: What You Need to Know

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting Aboriginal women.
  • Screening mammograms can find cancers early, before you or your doctor can see or feel them.
  • Breast screening saves lives – when breast cancer is found early, you have a better chance of survival
  • A breast screen is completely free and takes just 20 minutes every 2 years – not bad for a procedure that can save your life!

Video: Breast Screening for Aboriginal Women

Want to know more about screening mammograms for Aboriginal women? Watch this video and see what breast screening is all about! 

Breast Screening for Aboriginal Women: FAQs

As an Aboriginal woman, it’s important you have a regular breast screen (screening mammogram) from the age of 50. You don’t have to pay for your breast screen and your appointment will only take around 20 minutes.

Check out the information below, which provides the answers to some commonly asked questions about breast screening.

What is a screening mammogram?

Why is it important to find breast cancer early?

Who should have a mammogram?

Where can I get my free breast screen?

What happens at a screening mammogram appointment?

Are screening mammograms uncomfortable?

When will I get my screening mammogram results?

How do I book a screening mammogram with BreastScreen NSW?

 

Aboriginal Woman Booking Mammogram Via Phone

What is a screening mammogram?

A screening mammogram (also called a breast screen) is an x-ray of your breasts. The x-ray pictures can find cancers as small as a grain of rice, before they can be seen or felt.

Go to About Screening Mammograms to learn more about breast screening.

Why is it important to find breast cancer early?

Treatment of breast cancer is most effective when cancers are still small.

Early detection can mean treatment of breast cancer is less invasive, survival rates are better, and women can get back to their normal lives more quickly.

Read more about the benefits of screening mammograms

Who should have a mammogram?

If you’re aged 50-74, we recommend you have your free breast screen every two years, even if you feel ok and have no symptoms.

When it’s time for your next breast screen, BreastScreen NSW will send you a reminder – you don’t need a doctor’s referral to have your free screening mammogram.

If you’re aged over 40, you can still attend BreastScreen NSW for a free screening mammogram.

To find out more about breast screening for different age groups, go to Am I Eligible for a Mammogram?

Where can I get my free breast screen?

BreastScreen NSW has many service locations where you can receive your free screening mammogram. These include hospitals, shopping centres and mobile vans.

Click here to find your nearest BreastScreen NSW service

What happens at a screening mammogram appointment?

Your screening mammogram appointment will only take about 20 minutes.

First, a female staff member will take you into the x-ray room (all our screening staff are women).

Then, when you are ready, the x-ray machine will take at least two x-ray pictures of each breast.

Are screening mammograms uncomfortable?

To get the best picture, the x-ray machine will press firmly on each breast. While some women find this uncomfortable, the discomfort usually only lasts for a few seconds.

If you feel uncomfortable during your screening mammogram, just let the female staff member know – she will work with you to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. You can also ask for the procedure to stop at any time.

Get more information on the potential limitations of breast screening

When will I get my screening mammogram results?

The results of your screening mammogram will be sent to you around two weeks after your breast screen appointment.

If you don’t receive your results or if you have any concerns, you can call BreastScreen NSW on 13 20 50.

Read more about what happens after your screening mammogram

How do I book a screening mammogram with BreastScreen NSW?

You can call 13 20 50 to speak with a member of our booking team.

If you’ve received a letter from BreastScreen NSW inviting you to book a breast screen appointment, click here to book online

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