The majority of women who have a screening mammogram are reassured that there is no sign of breast cancer. However, less than 10% of women are recalled after a screening mammogram for further tests. This is called "assessment''. It does not mean breast cancer has been found, but it does mean more tests are needed to check whether any changes on your breast x-ray are normal or are due to cancer.
When you call us to talk about your assessment appointment, we will let you know where and when you should attend. Your assessment will be as soon as possible after your screening mammogram.
When you attend your assessment appointment:
- Don’t use talcum powder, deodorant or creams before your visit as it can show on your x-ray.
- You will need to wear a two piece outfit (top with pants or skirt).
- Bring your doctor’s details with you if you want them to receive your results. We encourage you to include your doctor in discussions about your results. Please provide us with their details at your appointment so we can send them your results.
Your assessment visit may take from 2 to 4 hours. You are welcome to bring a friend or family member with you.
If you have any questions or concerns at any time, you can call the BreastScreen program on 13 20 50 or the local number which you have been given. Ask to speak to a nurse or counsellor.
Most women (about 9 out of 10) who have been recalled for assessment will be reassured that they do not have breast cancer.
Do I have to pay for my assessment?
No. If you have been asked to come for an assessment after your screening mammogram, your further tests are free.