About Screening Mammograms

Breast screening (a screening mammogram) saves lives by finding breast cancers early. Learn more about having your free breast screen with BreastScreen NSW.

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A screening mammogram is an x-ray of your breasts

Screening mammograms (also called breast screens) are used to detect early signs of breast cancer. They usually involve two x-ray pictures of each breast.

Amazingly, these pictures can find cancers as small as a grain of rice - before you or your doctor can detect any changes in your breasts.

Health professional assisting woman during mammogram

Screening mammograms save lives

Breast cancer treatment is most successful when the cancer is still small and has not spread to other parts of the body.

That’s why screening mammograms are so important. A screening mammogram is the best way to detect breast cancer early, before any symptoms are noticed.

When breast cancer is picked up early, most women will recover and can quickly get back to normal life – so a 20-minute breast screen appointment every two years can make all the difference!

Keen to find out what happens during a screening mammogram? Visit Your Mammogram Appointment to learn more about the mammogram process.

Health Professional Performing Mammogram

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Did You Know?

More than 75% of breast cancers occur in women over 50.

Go to Am I Eligible for a Screening Mammogram? >


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