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Calling women 40 & up! A breast screen takes 30 minutes every two years. It could save your life!

Breast Cancer Facts

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, so it’s important that we spread the word about getting screened.

The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness. We are calling on all women over 40 to get a breast screen.

Getting tested for breast cancer can save your life. The best thing is:

  • It’s safe
  • It’s private
  • It’s free.

By having a free breast screen test every two years, you can make sure any problems are found, even before you can feel them.

You can take a friend or family member if it makes you feel more comfortable. A female worker will help you, and she’ll make sure you feel relaxed and safe. The breast screen is done in private and only takes a few minutes. It’s free for women aged 40 to 74.

Breast Cancer Facts

What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer is a collection of cells in the breast tissue that grow faster than normal cells. Cancer cells can travel to other parts of the body and grow there too.

Why do we try to detect breast cancer early?
The best time to treat breast cancer is when it is still very small. When breast cancer is found early, it has the best chance of being removed and cured.

What is a screening mammogram?
A screening mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. It can find cancers as small as a grain of rice before you notice any changes in your breasts. It is important to check your breasts, even when you are healthy. There is no evidence that screening mammograms cause cancer.

Who should have one?
75% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are over 50. That’s why it is strongly recommended that all women aged between 50 and 69 have a breast screen every 2 years. Women in their 40s and 70 years and over are also eligible for free breast screens in the BreastScreen Queensland Program.

Where can I get a free mammogram?
Free mammongrams are provided by BreastScreen Queensland. They have clinics at lots of sites, including some hospitals, community health centres, shopping centres and mobile vans.

To arrange a free breast screen, call 13 20 50 (local call) to be automatically connected to your nearest service OR visit breastscreen.qld.gov.au.