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5 reasons why you should book your breast screen

Monday 29 May 2017

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Regular breast screens are a very important part of maintaining health for all Queensland women aged 50 – 74 years.

While BreastScreen Queensland offers free breast screen services to women aged 50 – 74 years across the state, not all eligible Queensland women regularly book appointments.

There are a number of reasons why women delay or avoid booking their breast screens. Some women are trying to balance a busy schedule, while others are nervous that the procedure will be uncomfortable or embarrassing. Some don’t realise that they are at risk of developing breast cancer, or are sceptical that breast screens are effective.

The truth is that regular breast screens are a very important part of maintaining health for all Queensland women aged 50 – 74 years. Here are some reasons why you should make booking your breast screen a priority today.

Breast cancer kills Queensland women

Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting Queensland women, with one in eight women expected to be diagnosed during their lives. It is a potentially serious, life-threatening disease, with early detection providing the best chance of successful treatment. The five year breast cancer survival rate has increased to 90% with the help of early detection through screening.

Although both women and men can get breast cancer at any stage in their life, women aged 50 – 74 are at the most risk of developing breast cancer. Women with no family history of breast cancer can develop the disease, and while maintaining a healthy lifestyle is recommended to help prevent the disease, women who are otherwise very healthy can still develop breast cancer.

Breast screens can detect breast cancer before you can

While it is important for all women to be breast aware, regular breast screens are an essential part of maintaining breast health for women aged over 50. During a breast screen, four images (known as mammograms) are taken of the breasts, which can detect early stage breast cancer smaller than a grain of rice. These images can detect breast cancer before it is possible to feel it or experience other symptoms.

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Fast, free, female, friendly

Getting a breast screen doesn’t have to be a big deal. Each appointment takes only 30 minutes, and can be booked online or over the phone without referral from your doctor. BreastScreen Queensland strongly recommends that all women aged between 50 and 74 have a free breast screen every 2 years. All the staff who are present at your breast screen appointment will be female, and will do their best to make you comfortable on the day.

State of the art services

BreastScreen Queensland has been operating for over 25 years, performing millions of mammograms for women across the state. Since the program’s inception, over 19,000 breast cancers have been detected. In both the mobile and permanent services, BreastScreen Queensland uses state of the art equipment, with specialist staff employed to perform and carefully examine each mammogram. At BreastScreen Queensland, two doctors work independently so there is always a second opinion in analysing women’s mammograms.

Peace of mind

It is natural for women to worry about their chance of developing breast cancer. Booking a breast screen every two years can provide you with peace of mind. The vast majority of women who book a breast screen with BreastScreen Queensland will receive the all-clear from their tests.

Booking a breast screen doesn’t have to be a big deal, but it could save your life. Put your health first by booking your breast screen every two years. Visit the BreastScreen Queensland website for further information.

Last updated: 23 August 2017