Supporting Your Patients
By supporting your patients and encouraging them to participate in breast screening, you can make a key difference in the decision to attend a screening mammogram.
Why Women Need Your Support in Screening
By supporting your patients and encouraging them to participate in breast screening (if it’s appropriate for them), you can make a key difference in a woman’s decision to attend a screening mammogram.
Explaining the Screening Mammogram Process
One of the best ways to support your patients in breast screening is to provide them with clear information on the mammography process - particularly if they have concerns about the experience.
Using statements such as these will help women prepare for their appointment and may reduce their level of concern:
“A female health professional will help you get comfortable – when you’re ready, the x-ray machine will press firmly on your breasts to take a picture”
“Your mammogram appointment will only take 20 minutes. However, your breasts will only be compressed for a few seconds - twice for each breast”
“All the staff at your breast screening appointment will be female”
“You can talk to your radiographer about any discomfort or sensitivity. You can also ask them to stop the procedure at any time.”
After Your Patient’s Screening Mammogram
If your patient requires further tests following her screening mammogram and has given your details to BreastScreen NSW, we will provide you with comprehensive information on her results, progress updates during the assessment and, if appropriate, details of diagnosis.