Who is eligible for free breast screening?
BreastScreen Victoria provides free mammograms to women and trans and gender diverse people with no breast symptoms.
Aged 50 to 74?
You should be screened every two years.
More than 75% of breast cancers occur in women over 50 and regular breast screens are the best way to find breast cancer early.
Trans and gender diverse (TGD) people are welcome to screen with us, however there are some unique eligibility criteria.
Find out more about screening if you identify as TGD.
In your 40s or over 75?
Talk to your doctor to find out if breast screening is right for you.
Breast screens are not effective for people under 40 years.
What if I have breast symptoms or changes?
If you have noticed an unusual change in your breasts such as a lump, pain or discharge from the nipple, it is important that you visit your doctor as soon as possible, before your appointment at BreastScreen Victoria.
Can I be screened if ...
Due to the potential radiation risks and harm to your baby, you will not be eligible to have a breast screen with BreastScreen Victoria.
You are not eligible to have a breast screen with BreastScreen Victoria until three months after you have stopped breastfeeding.
This is because screening is less effective with breast tissue that is dense with stored milk.
Most people who have breast implants can have regular breast screens every two years.
Please let our staff know that you have breast implants when you book your appointment as you will need a slightly longer appointment time.
Implant problems are not assessed by BreastScreen Victoria so talk to your doctor if you have concerns.
Most breast cancer is not caused by genetic factors. For a small number of women, a family history of breast or ovarian cancer increases their risk factor.
When you book your screening, we will ask you about your family history to help identify your risk.
You are eligible for screening even if your family history indicates a higher risk. Depending on your age and risk, you may be invited to have a free screening every year.
People with a disability are as much at risk of breast cancer as other people. Most people with a disability are able to have a breast screen.
We offer a range of support options to help people with disabilities overcome the barriers to screening.
Despite a previous diagnosis, you can have free breast screens with BreastScreen Victoria if:
- it’s more than five years since your breast cancer diagnosis and your doctor is supportive
- you have discussed screening with your doctor
- you bring all your previous films
- you see your doctor for annual physical examinations.
Trans and gender diverse (TGD) people are welcome to screen with us, however there are some unique eligibility criterias.
When you book and attend your appointment we will only collect information that is required to perform your breast screen. This may include whether or not you have breast implants or if you have used hormone therapy for 5 years or longer.
We will not ask you to disclose information about your sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status and relationships; however please let us know if you would like us to record this information on your file. If recorded, this information would be visible to contact centre, reception, and clinical staff who access your record. We will not record this personal information unless you provide permission.
Currently there are no guidelines around breast screening for intersex people.
Whilst you would be welcome to attend a BreastScreen Victoria clinic if you have breast tissue, it is strongly recommended that you speak with your endocrinologist first to discuss your individual screening needs and whether or not a mammogram is the best form of screening for you.