Help us find the 1500
BreastScreen Victoria statistics reveal that over 1500 women in Victoria might have breast cancer, but don’t know it because they haven’t had a breast screen.
Following the launch of our Find the 1500 campaign during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2018, we're calling out to all Victorians again this month to help us share this important message.
By encouraging your loved ones to attend a 10-minute breast screen, you might just help save their life.
What can you do?
- If you’re over the age of 50 and haven’t had a breast screen in the last two years, book your appointment today.
- Talk to the women in your life and if they are over the age of 50, ask if they’ve had a breast screen in the last two years.
- Help us spread the word on social media.
In January this year, the State Government released figures that just 53.7 per cent of women were screening regularly.
Areas with the lowest screening rates included Benambra, Melbourne, Prahran, Ovens Valley and Albert Park. Participation jumps to 60 per cent in areas such as Bendigo West, Bellarine, and Niddrie.
South Barwon, which includes Torquay, has seen almost two thirds of women in the same age bracket being regularly screened (every two years).
“The latest data shows there’s plenty of work to do to make sure everyone is as best protected as they can be from the tragedy of breast cancer,” said Acting Minister for Health, Martin Foley.
All women aged between 50 and 74 should have a breast screen every two years, but all women aged over 40 are eligible to attend a BreastScreen Victoria Clinic.
Booking online with My BreastScreen
You will be asked some questions when you book your appointment on MyBreastScreen. Answering these questions ensures we book the right type of appointment and save you time on the day.
There are some questions about your family history of breast and ovarian cancer, so talk to your family before you book.
Your answers are automatically filled out on a registration form that will be emailed to you. You will need to print out your registration form and bring it with you.
Booking by phone
You can also book by calling the contact centre on 13 20 50.