Treatments and tests

Screening mammography with BreastScreen WA

Important information about breast screening during COVID-19

All cancer screening programs continue to operate in WA. Protect your health through early detection.

If you are due for a screening mammogram and/or you have any questions, please contact your GP or healthcare provider. For more information about screening mammographs, see Breastscreen WA

The WA Department of Health will continue to closely monitor the impact of COVID-19 on health services.

  • A screening mammogram may detect breast cancer at an early stage before it can be felt or noticed.
  • BreastScreen WA provides free screening mammograms to women 40 years or over with no breast symptoms, and specifically targets women aged 50-74 years.
  • The earlier a breast cancer is detected the better the chance of successful treatment.
  • It is recommended for women to have a mammogram every 2 years to detect breast cancer early.
  • Visit BreastScreen WA (external site) to book your free mammogram appointment or call 13 20 50.

Women in Australia have a 1 in 7 risk of developing breast cancer in their lifetime.

Each year BreastScreen WA performs approximately 125,000 screening mammograms for Western Australian women.

Screening mammograms can detect 70-90% of breast cancers.

Most women screened will have no abnormality detected. Results will be sent (within 2-3 weeks) via SMS, or women may choose to receive their results via mail.

Some women may be recalled for further tests, but this does not necessarily mean breast cancer has been detected.

What is a screening mammogram?

A screening mammogram is a low dose X-ray of your breast that can detect breast cancer at an early stage before it can be felt or noticed.

For more information about mammograms visit BreastScreen WA (external site).

Remember to have a screening mammogram every 2 years to detect breast cancer early

Book your free screening mammogram at BreastScreen WA (external site) or call 13 20 50.

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