Breast Cancer Prevention

Yearly breast examination by your doctor and monthly self breast examination is very important to detect early signs of breast cancer. If found in its early stages, breast cancer can be treated effectively before becoming so advanced that a cure may not be possible.

Breast Screen Australia offers free mammograms to any woman over 40 who have no symptoms. Women with symptoms are referred to a Diagnostic Breast Centre for a mammogram and or ultrasound. In younger women, mammograms may not be accurate due to increased breast density. In these cases ultrasound is performed as it has greater accuracy.

Genetic testing is available to women with a strong family history of breast cancer to assess their risk of developing the disease. Preventative surgery may be indicated in certain circumstances.