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Aboriginal women and family importance of breast screening

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

BreastScreen NSW recommends Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women aged 40–74 have a breast screen every two years.*

BreastScreen NSW aims to provide a culturally safe place of care and is working with Aboriginal communities to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal women in NSW. 

Having a regular breast screen is part of healthy living. It’s important to screen even when you are healthy. 

Screening is free and an appointment takes just 20 minutes.  

Book your free breast screen today or talk to your doctor or health worker if you would like help. We can also arrange a group booking for you with friends and family.

Video of Dr Annalyse Crane, Gamilaroi woman, explaining the benefits of breast screening.

What is a breast screen?

A breast screen (also known as a mammogram) is an x-ray of the breasts. It can find cancers as small as a grain of rice, before you notice any changes in your breasts. 

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Is free
Takes 20 minutes
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Doctor’s referral not required

Why it's important

Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting Aboriginal women. The best time to treat breast cancer is when it is still very small. When breast cancer is found early, it’s easier to treat and most women recover and get back to their normal lives.

Breast awareness

Screening with BreastScreen NSW is for women with no symptoms. If you notice any changes in your breasts, such as a lump, pain, or nipple discharge, please see your doctor or health worker as soon as possible.


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1 in 7 women in NSW will be diagnosed with breast cancer. 1548
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More than 75 % (per cent) of women diagnosed with breast cancer are aged over 50. 1518
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9 out of 10 women with breast cancer do not have a family history of breast cancer. 1477

Video of artist, Jasmine Sarin, the winner of the BreastScreen NSW artwork competition, explaining the creation of the commissioned artwork ‘Biyani’.

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More information

For more information about breast cancer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, visit the Our Mob and Cancer website. 

The Helping Mob Live Healthy and Prevent Cancer Toolkit contains tailored information and resources on cancer screening and prevention for the Aboriginal health workforce 

*Evidence shows that Aboriginal women in NSW with breast cancer were younger and more likely to have more advanced cancer at diagnosis than non-Aboriginal women.1479