Breast Screening

Breast Screening

One in eight women in NSW will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and nine in ten women in NSW with breast cancer do not have a family history.


BreastScreen NSW is open and taking bookings. See the BreastScreen NSW website for details.

Breast cancer screening participation rates among women aged 50-74 years (52.5%) in the Sydney North Health Network area are slightly lower than the NSW rate (52.8%).

Screen-detected breast cancer is less likely to cause death than breast cancers diagnosed in women who have never been screened. Breast cancer is the second largest cause of cancer death in Australian women after lung cancer. It is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australian women (apart from non-melanoma skin cancer).

In Australia, population-based national breast cancer screening is available through BreastScreen Australia, which targets women aged 50–74 for two-yearly free screening mammograms (women aged 40–49 and 75 years and over are also eligible).

BreastScreen NSW provides free screening mammograms for women between the ages of 50 and 74 in New South Wales.

The use of BreastScreen by Aboriginal women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds has increased (43.8%) and is slightly ahead of the NSW average (42.5%). (2019 RBCO).

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