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
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.
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.
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
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?
BreastScreen NSW has many service locations where you can receive your free screening mammogram. These include hospitals, shopping centres and mobile vans.
Your screening mammogram appointment will only take about 20 minutes.
First, a female staff member will take you into the x-ray room (all staff in the x-ray room are women).
Then, when you are ready, the x-ray machine will take at least two x-ray pictures of each breast.
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
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
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