BreastScreen SA has a proud history of providing services to South Australian women since 1989.
The service started as a pilot screening project – one of 10 around Australia – offering free screening mammograms to women aged 50 to 64.
Following the successful pilot, free screening commenced at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in January 1989, and was soon after introduced at the Flinders Medical Centre and Royal Adelaide Hospital.
The service, then known as the SA Breast X-ray Service, opened a new dedicated screening and assessment clinic in Wayville in 1991. The National Program for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer commenced in the same year, and the service became the first in Australia to be awarded full accreditation under the program in 1994.
The service’s new mobile screening unit hit the road in 1992 – beginning the journey in Clare and, for the first time, bringing free screening to women in country South Australia.
In 1997, the service was renamed BreastScreen SA. Another important milestone occurred this year, with a mobile screening unit making an inaugural visit to Marla in the Pitjantjatjara Lands.
BreastScreen SA relocated from Wayville to a new state-of-the-art facility in the Adelaide CBD in 2015.
The service now has 8 fixed screening clinics and 3 mobile screening units throughout South Australia.
Since opening, BreastScreen SA has performed more than 2 million screening mammograms and reduced deaths from breast cancer by 41-52%.