The preventative health check women need every two years… 99



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Preventative health checks become increasingly important as we age and while we’re often quite relaxed when it comes to booking them on time, the truth is that they could save your life.

Right now, more than 75 per cent of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50, and an estimated 2,700 Australian women died from breast cancer last year– this is why the Australian government is reaching out to women everywhere with the free BreastScreen Australia service.

The risk of breast cancer increases dramatically with age and this has prompted the government to increase the invitation for free breast screening from women aged 50-69 to women aged 50-74.

Early detection is critical if we want to fight breast cancer. By extending the invitation, it’s estimated that the program will deliver up to 220,000 additional breast screening services over four years. This will result in around 600 potential detections each year, giving women a better chance of fighting breast cancer.

The earlier the cancer is detected, the less invasive treatment is required and it is often more effective. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, nine out of 10 women survive breast cancer when it is detected early and given treatment.

So the big question is, when did you have your last breast screen?

To give yourself the best chance of staying healthy and fighting breast cancer, you should undergo a breast screen every two years and should also stay aware of the signs and symptoms.

Some of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer include:

  • a new lump or lumpiness in your breasts, especially if it is in only one breast
  • a change in the size and shape of your breast
  • a change to the nipple such as crusting, an ulcer, redness or the nipple pulled in
  • a change in the skin of your breast such as redness or dimpling or puckered skin
  • a pain that does not go away.

It’s important to constantly look for these and if you notice an abnormality or change, visit your GP straight away.

So make sure you aren’t late for your next screening by calling 13 20 50 and booking in.

Tell us, when was your last breast screen?


This article has been sponsored by BreastScreen Australia. It has been written by an independent, Starts at 60 writer as we feel it provides our readers with valuable and highly relevant information. To find out more about BreastScreen Australia or to book your next breast screen, call 13 20 50 or head to the BreastScreen Australia website by clicking here.

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  1. My last check was 2 weeks ago.Next is the one quite a bit further down.Gotta be done.

  2. Does that mean if you’re over 74 you’re safe or it doesn’t matter coz you ain’t got long to live anyhow

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    • But you should still check your breasts frequently like on the 1st of every month to check for any changes and go to your Doctor if you find any. You are not immune over 75, just less likely to get it. ☺️

  3. In NZ it starts at 45 to age 75 I think. I get this fun yearly as mother and grandmother both had it. Yah for me!

  4. It’s all guesswork really. Regardless of age anyone can get breast or any other cancer. You know the old saying “statistics, statistics, and damn lies”. Use common sense regarding one’s health.

  5. I think a colonoscopy is a must also for preventative of colon cancer, which is prevalent in our ‘senior’ years. Need to book in with the public system for free tests & you will have a long waiting queue.

  6. My Dad was 80 when he was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy for the removal of his right breast. Just goes to show anyone can get breast cancer.

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    • Should look into BRCA2 gene fault in the family as the risk increases for males from under 1% to around 10%. This applies especially if the victim is young. We have BRCA2 in my family and it causes breast cancer in males and females, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic cancers and melanoma. We have had very young deaths in the family – 23, 32, 42, 54, 57, etc. I dont have mammograms because I no longer have breasts! Or ovaries.

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