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BreastScreen Australia – Policy and practice in relation to symptomatic women

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Publication date: 
November 2013
Last updated: 
18 November 2019
Publication type: 
Strategy or framework
Intended audience: 
General public

The BreastScreen Australia program selects women on the basis of age alone. It is impractical to rely on the presence or absence of symptoms to decide whether a woman is eligible for the program.

Women with symptoms are actively discouraged from attending the screening program as they need a different type of mammogram. However, if they do present for a mammogram, our policy is to screen them and recommend further investigation, regardless of the screening result.

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