Treatments and tests

Screening mammography with BreastScreen WA

  • 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 or over with no breast symptoms, and specifically targets women aged 50-74 years.
  • It is recommended for women to have a mammogram every 2 years to detect breast screen early.
  • Visit BreastScreen WA (external site) to book your free mammogram appointment or call 13 20 50.

Women in Australia have a 1 in 8 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. These women will be sent a letter within 2 weeks to let them know their mammogram was normal.

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

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More information

  • Visit BreastScreen WA (external site) to book your free mammogram appointment or call 13 20 50.
  • A range of publications, including languages other than English, are also available to download or order from the website.
  • Ask your GP about breast health at your next check-up, or if you are concerned about any breast symptoms see your GP as soon as possible.

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