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The message is simple, early detection of breast cancer can save lives. When was your last breast screen?

When did you last check your breasts?

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women after non-malignant skin cancer, and nine in 10 women have no family history of the disease. BreastScreen SA Promotions and Education Manager Karen Woodcock, says women over the age of 50 are eligible for a free breast screen and a referral from your GP isn’t required.

One in 10 South Australian women will develop breast cancer before the age of 75.

“Breast screening is most effective in women aged 50 to 74, but our biggest challenge is encouraging more of these women to have regular mammograms every two-years,”  Ms Woodcock says. “There really is no excuse, as a breast screen could save your life!”

Top reasons why women over 50 should have regular breast screens

  • It could save your life
  • 75% of all cases in Australia are diagnosed in women over 50
  • BreastScreen SA has a team of leading specialists working for the screening program
  • It’s fast – an appointment can take less than 10 minutes
  • It’s free and you don’t need a referral

A 2008 research study found South Australian women aged 50 to 69, who had a breast screen at the recommended interval of every two years, had a 41 per cent less chance of dying from breast cancer than those who didn’t participate regularly.

“Early detection can maximise the options for simpler treatments and more successful outcomes,” Ms Woodcock says. “Breast screening should be part of your proactive healthcare plan because even if your breasts look and feel fine, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are.”

Alarmingly, only 60% of women in South Australia aged 50 to 74, participate in breast screening every two years.

Being Breast Aware

See a doctor immediately if you see or feel any of these changes:

  • A lump or lumpiness or thickness in your breast
  • Changes in skin, dimpling, puckering or redness
  • Any changes in appearance or size of your breasts
  • Changes in the nipple including discharge or a change in the direction of your nipple
  • Any pain
  • An area that feels different from the rest of your breasts

Make an appointment at BreastScreen SA by calling 13 20 50 or clicking below

Source: Cancer Council SA

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