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Women with a strong family history of breast cancer are encouraged to start breast screening from the age of 40.

A woman is said to have a strong family history if she has one of the following:

  • a first-degree relative (mother/sister/daughter, father/brother/son) with breast cancer diagnosed before the age of 50
  • a first-degree relative with cancer in both breasts (diagnosed at any age)
  • two or more first-degree relatives with breast cancer (diagnosed at any age).

We recommend that you discuss your individual circumstances with your GP, or call BreastScreen SA on 13 20 50 to speak with one of our medical officers.

9 out of 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.