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Your next breast screening

Did you know that if you are between 50 and 74 you should get a breast screen every two years?

Even if your last screen had a normal result, it’s important to come back and see us again. BreastScreen Victoria will send you a reminder when your next breast screen is due. If you are in your 40s or over 74 you will not receive a reminder but can make still an appointment every two years.

Regular breast screens help to detect cancer early, before it can be noticed or felt. The earlier a breast cancer can be detected, the better the chance of successful treatment. This is why more women than ever are surviving breast cancer today.

If it’s time for your next breast screen, don’t put it off. Book your appointment now.  Breast screens are free, take 10 minutes, are always with a woman and don’t need a doctor’s referral or Medicare card.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Between screenings

Get to know the normal look and feel of your breasts.

You should see your doctor before you book your next screening appointment if changes since your last appointment mean you now have:

See your doctor if you notice unusual change in your breastsan unusual change in your breast such as a lump, pain or nipple discharge

See your doctor first if you have had breast cancer within the past five yearshad breast cancer within the past five years.

Frequently asked questions

More than 75% of breast cancers occur in women over 50. 

No screening test is 100% accurate and the body changes over time, which is why it is important to be screened at regular intervals.

Regular breast screens help to detect cancer early, before it can be noticed or felt. The earlier a breast cancer can be detected, the better the chance of successful treatment.

Aged 50 to 74

For most, if you are between 50 and 74 you should get a breast screen every two years.

If you have a higher risk of developing breast cancer, you may be asked to screen every year.

Aged between 40 and 50 or over 75

You will not receive an invitation from BreastScreen Victoria, but you are still eligible to have a free breast screen every two years.

We encourage you to talk to your doctor to find out if breast screening is suitable for your health needs.

Aged under 40

If you are under 40 you will have denser breast tissue which makes screening less accurate. For this reason, you are not eligible to have a free breast screen.

If you are concerned about your cancer risk, or have noticed changes in your breasts, you should talk to your doctor.

We need to ask these questions again in case you have new information that changes your risk of developing breast cancer.

For example, a close family member may have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer since your last visit. Depending on what other information you have, this may increase your risk of developing breast cancer.

If your risk has increased, you may be asked to screen more frequently.

Yes, you can choose any location that suits you.

Your records from previous screenings with BreastScreen Victoria will be available to all Victorian screening centres.

If you have moved to another state, call 13 20 50 to book your next screen and your records will be transferred by us to the relevant state program.

Our hope is that every screen is a positive experience.

We'd like to hear from you about what made your last experience difficult and help to make your next screening more comfortable.

Use our contact page to send us feedback with as much, or as little, detail as you wish. If you want to be contacted about your experience, you can select that on the form. Or you can call us on 13 20 50 to discuss your concerns.

All feedback is kept confidentially and taken seriously. Our Quality Improvement Committee uses your feedback to develop improvements in service quality.

General screening requires you to stand for a period, lift your arm above your shoulder and you may feel like your body is a little twisted.

If you have a sore shoulder, arthritis or other condition that you think will make screening difficult, call us on 13 20 50 to discuss your options for a more comfortable screening.

Book your appointment online at My BreastScreen or call 13 20 50