Who is eligible for free breast screening?
BreastScreen Victoria provides free mammograms to women aged 40 and over.
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.
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 women under 40 years.
Do I need to visit my doctor?
You do not need a referral to book an appointment, but see your doctor before you book if you have:
Can I be screened if ...
Pregnant women are not eligible to have a breast screen with BreastScreen Victoria because of the potential radiation risks and harm to your baby.
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 women 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 women 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.
You are welcome to attend screening if you meet our eligibility criteria.
You do not have to disclose your gender identity; however, this information will help us to provide tailored advice about your breast care and recommended screening regime.