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Far too many of us have lost somebody to it; practically all of us fear it. Yet breast cancer can be treatable, manageable and survivable if detected early.

A mammogram every two years could be all it takes to get that life-saving warning – and it won’t cost a cent.

To give more women a chance of early prevention, the Australian Government expanded the age range of its free mammogram program. Australian woman aged between 50-74 can get this essential health check for free. Women 75 years and older should speak to their GP or phone BreastScreen Australia on 13 20 50 to make sure they receive the most suitable service.

This simple process – which can be in a matter of minutes –is the single best way to improve the chance of life-saving early detection. It can identify signs of breast cancer before lumps or other symptoms appear.

Call BreastScreen Australia on 13 20 50 now to book your free mammogram, or continue reading for more information…

This preventative health check becomes increasingly important with age, with 75% of breast cancer cases occurring in women over 50.

It’s unpredictable and can affect any woman. In 8 out of 9i cases, the sufferer does not have a mother, sister, or daughter with breast cancer.

Extending the invitation age for a free mammogram to 74, means an extra 145,000 more women can be screened every two years – potentially detecting an additional 600 cases every year.

BreastScreen Australia offers services in more than 600 locations in every state and territory, with purpose-built buses and 4WDs extending the service to more regional and remote areas.

Visit the BreastScreen Australia website to learn more,
or simply call 13 20 50 now to arrange your free mammogram.


 This post is sponsored by BreastScreen Australia. It was written as we feel it delivers invaluable health information to the Starts at 60 community. For more information, please visit the BreastScreen Australia website. 

i AIHW 2015

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  1. Because I have dense breasts I have to have a Mammogram and Ultrasound every year. My date with these two procedures is in August.

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    • all the best for great results Debbie

  2. I also go every year because of a cysts and now a lump which is supposedly ok. Due back in April. Hate,hate,hate that machine! An insult to women! They have more advanced equipment,but more costly of course,so just let the women put up with the pain and discomfort ,especially with torn shoulder muscles and arthritis!

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    • I do wonder how women with back problems etc manage to contort themselves into position for that dreadful machine.

    • I’ve had a lot of those cysts Catharine all about the size of a 50c coin all full of liquid but very sore to touch and hot and had to have a few mammograms, I hate to go anywhere near those machines most of the time it was agony and I actually cried. Luckily I don’t get them anymore since menopause paid me a visit.

    • Sorry,you shared the pain Christina. I had early menopause and one wouldn’t expect these cysts,but mine are calcified evidently,just reminding me I’m an old fossil😁

  3. I am not looking forward to mine next week. It always was a bit sore, but after lumpectomy a year ago it’s still sore. It’s very necessary, so I will grit my teeth and possibly swear and tough it out.

  4. My two yearly mammogram was due in February this year – had that and received a call back the following week which resulted in a biopsy with surgery next week. I feel so lucky the mammogram was due this year and not a year later or I may have been in a bit more trouble. It’s worth the few minutes of pain.

  5. Every two years, I turn up. Had to have a few ultrasounds as well. It is so important not to miss a screening

  6. Every 2 years. I have to remember to book as I’m over 74. Every even year of my age round about my birthday, so it’s easy to remember!

  7. Every year the breast-screen bus parks in Woolworths carpark in Seymour, Vic. It sits there for several weeks without a single client that I’ve ever seen. If you enquire, the staff sitting idly around will tell you that you have to phone Melbourne or go online to book an appointment (several weeks in advance), when all they really need is to see a Medicare card. What a total and utter farce.

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