Breast cancer screening is available to all asymptomatic women from age 40. Two yearly screening is primarily recommended for all women aged 50 to 74, and women with a strong family history of breast cancer are encouraged to screen from age 40.
As screening mammography is not an appropriate test for the investigation of breast symptoms, we've created a flow chart to assist in deciding when a woman can be referred to BreastScreen SA or when diagnostic imaging may be required.
While patients do not need a doctor’s referral to attend BreastScreen SA, a recommendation from their GP or health professional is highly regarded by a woman when she is deciding to make an appointment.
We’ve put together a sample letter that practices can use to encourage women within the target age group of 50 to 74 to make their appointment for a breast screen. Some practices also follow up with patients who may be overdue for their regular breast screen by sending them a reminder letter.
Informational resources can also be ordered for display and to hand-out.