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Electronic GP referrals to increase BreastScreen rates

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Electronic GP referrals to increase BreastScreen rates

General Practitioners are instrumental in increasing participation rates in the BreastScreen program and ultimately improving survival from breast cancer. We need your support in encouraging women to have regular screening mammograms.

Evidence shows that women are more likely to be screened for breast cancer if their general practitioner encourages them.

Women in NSW currently have a 1 in 8 risk of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. The biggest risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and being over 50 years of age. Early detection offers women a better chance of successful treatment and recovery. Screening mammograms can detect smaller cancers than a physical examination.

BreastScreen NSW actively targets asymptomatic women aged 50-74 years for a free screening mammogram every 2 years. However, women over the age of 40 are also eligible to attend the service.

The enhanced $1.2 million BreastScreen mobile unit, which includes the latest digital mammography technology, is visiting North Narrabeen Reserve, Warriewood until April 13 and Macquarie Centre from April 19 to August 11. Women can also visit local BreastScreen service at St Leonards, Hornsby Hospital and Wahroonga.

To make an appointment, call 13 20 50. For interpreter assistance, call 13 14 50.

We have a range of free resources including an electronic GP referral form, brochures and factsheets for order or download.

The electronic GP referral form is available for download from the SNPHN website and imported into Best Practice or Medical Director. This GP referral form can be given to women to encourage them to book a screening mammogram. Alternatively, you can order a printed referral pad from the BreastScreen website.

The “Your role as a GP in BreastScreen NSW” factsheet provides information for GPs about BreastScreen NSW program, including result letter and women with symptoms.

If you would like any further information about the services, please contact the local Marketing and Recruitment Officer, Tammy Yam on 9462 9625 or Tammy.yam@health.nsw.gov.au.

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