Almost half a million women across NSW are missing out on a lifesaving test31-10-2017
New figures reveal 498,000 women in NSW have not participated in the national breast cancer screening program in the last two years.
This is despite BreastScreen NSW offering free mammograms for women aged 50–to74 at fixed and mobile sites across the state.
Finding breast cancer early can change the outlook of the disease, says Chief Cancer Officer and CEO of the Cancer Institute NSW, Professor David Currow
“We know that detecting breast cancer early means women have better treatment options, and ultimately a better outcome,” Professor Currow explains.
“The best way for women aged 50–to74 to detect cancer early is to have a mammogram every two years.”
However, only 52.8 per cent of eligible women across the state have done that with BreastScreen NSW.
Getting your mammogram done
BreastScreen NSW provides free mammograms – an x-ray of each breast that will detect the signs of cancer.
They are quick, with the whole process taking about 20 minutes and being guided by a highly-trained female staff member.
Women may put off their mammogram for many reasons, but it is important to remember breast cancer can happen to anyone. Nine out of ten women who develop breast cancer have no family history.
Book a mammogram today with BreastScreen NSW by calling 13 20 50.
How is breast cancer impacting NSW?
Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women in NSW, with one in eight being diagnosed in their lifetime.
It is also the second most common cause of cancer death among NSW women.
1. BreastScreen NSW Biennial participation rate for June 2017 by LHD.
2. Cancer in NSW: Incidence and mortality data 2012. www.cancerinstitute.org.au/understanding-cancer/cancer-in-nsw/breast-cancer