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BreastScreen Australia – Brochure – Catching it early

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Publication date: 
April 2015
Last updated: 
27 June 2022
Publication type: 
Brochure
Intended audience: 
General public
Description: 

This DL-size brochure provides information about breast cancer screening for Indigenous women aged 50 to 74.

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    BreastScreen Australia – a joint Australian, State and Territory Government Program.

    Catching it early can give you a long time later. 

    Getting tested for breast cancer can save your life.

    Breast screening. It’s an invitation that could save your life.

    It's safe, it's private, it's free.

    Getting tested for breast cancer can save your life.

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer and the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths among Australian women.

    Since the BreastScreen Australia program started in 1991 deaths from breast cancer have been reduced by a third.

    The risk of breast cancer increases as we get older. More than 75% of breast cancers occur in women over 50.

    That’s why the free breast screening program has now expanded the invitation to all women aged 50 to 74 to get a free breast cancer test.

    Increasing the invitation age by 5 years could detect an additional 600 breast cancers each year. This has the potential to save the lives of many women.

    A simple test can keep you strong and healthy.

    It is impossible to tell if you have breast cancer in the early stages, and 90% of women who get breast cancer have no family history.

    A BreastScreen Australia test can detect breast cancer before there are any signs, even before you can feel it.

    If breast cancer is found early on, when it’s still small, it’s easier to treat. Finding and treating it early means that up to 9 out of 10 women will survive.

    So having a free test every 2 years is a great way to help you stay strong and healthy – for yourself, for your family and for your community.

    A breast screen is safe, private and free.

    The easiest way to get a test is to make an appointment with your nearest BreastScreen Australia clinic, or visit one of the mobile clinics when it comes to your community.

    You can take a friend or family member to help you feel more comfortable.

    A female worker will help you, and she’ll make sure you feel relaxed and safe.

    Your appointment will usually last 30 minutes, but the test itself usually only takes a few minutes, and it’s done in private.

    More than 75% of breast cancers occur in women over 50.

    Breast screen business. It’s women’s business.

    If you prefer, your doctor or health worker can help you make an appointment at your nearest BreastScreen Australia clinic, or let you know when a mobile clinic is coming to your community.

    There are 600 locations available across all states and territories.

    They can also answer any questions you have about breast cancer and the tests you can have to check for it.

    If you do have any symptoms of breast cancer you should speak to your GP without delay.

    If you’re over 75, talk to your GP or health professional to find out if breast screening is right for you.

    For more information, you can search BreastScreen Australia online or call 13 20 50.