BreastScreen turns 20


BreastScreen Tasmania has celebrated 20 years of service, saving thousands of Tasmanian women's lives by detecting cancers early and improving their treatment outcomes.

Cancer Screening and Control Services state manager Gail Ward said since opening in 1993, BreastScreen Tasmania had gone from strength to strength with a record number of women screened in 2012.

"More than 28 330 women participated in the program last year improving their chances of early detection and successful treatment," Ms Ward said.

"There are still more women out there who need to take the important step of picking up the phone and making an appointment.

"The national target for participation in screening is for more than 70 per cent of women aged between 50 to 69 years to be screened every two years.

"Our current participation rate is 58.8 per cent, so there are still women in the target age group who haven't made that all important booking yet."

Ms Ward said screening mammograms can detect 90 per cent of breast cancers; however, one screen is not enough. 

"Eligible women should have screening mammograms every two years," Ms Ward said.

In Tasmania an average of 350 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

Ms Ward said if women notice any unusual persistent changes in their breasts, even if their last mammogram was clear, they should make an appointment to see their doctor.

BreastScreen Tasmania provides free screening mammograms to women aged 40 years and over every two years. 

The program targets women aged 50 to 69 years, however, all women over 40 years are eligible to be screened.

BreastScreen Tasmania has clinics in Hobart and Launceston and a mobile unit that visits rural and regional centres.

You do not need a doctor's referral to make an appointment. To book a free screening mammogram phone 13 20 50.


4 February 2013