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Age groups

Screening for different age groups

Regardless of age, you will not be eligible to attend screening if you

  • have had a recent diagnosis of cancer
  • are showing any breast symptoms
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Women under 40

Your breast tissue is usually more dense than that of an older woman. Dense breast tissue shows as white areas on x-rays. Breast cancers also show up as white areas on x-rays. This makes breast cancer more difficult to detect in breast screens for younger women.

As research has not provided evidence that breast screening reduces deaths in this age group, women under 40 are not eligible to attend BreastScreen Victoria.

Women aged between 40 and 49

Because you are younger, your breast tissue is likely to be more dense than that of an older woman. Dense breast tissue shows as white areas on x-rays. Breast cancers also show up as white areas on x-rays. This makes breast cancer more difficult to detect in breast screens in your age group.

Because breast cancer rates are lower in this age range and testing is less effective, women aged 40-49 years are not sent invitations to participate in screening but you are still eligible to have a free breast screen with us every two years.

Women aged 74+

If you are over 74, you won’t receive letters from BreastScreen Victoria but you are still eligible to have a free breast screen with us every two years.