What will happen after my appointment?

Following your appointment, the images taken at your breast screen will be reviewed by at least two specialist doctors who are trained in detecting signs of cancer on x-ray images. If no signs of breast cancer are found on your images your results will be posted to you or made available in your online BreastScreen Queensland account within 14 days of your appointment. Around 95% of women who attend BreastScreen Queensland are not diagnosed with breast cancer.

If your breast screen shows something that needs further investigation, a BreastScreen Queensland nurse will call you to inform you of this and to ask you to come back for more tests (see below).

You will always be notified of the result of your breast screen. If you do not hear about the results of your breast screen, please contact us on 13 20 50.

When will my next breast screen be due?

For most women, if no signs of breast cancer are found, you will be due for your next breast screen in two years, in some instances it will be recommended that women have a breast screen every year.

Should I do anything else between screening visits?

It is recommended that you are familiar with the look and feel of your breasts and look out for any changes. Things to look out for include:

  • a new lump or lumpiness, especially if it’s only in one breast
  • a change in the shape or size of your breast
  • a change to the nipple, such as crusting, an ulcer,
    redness or the nipple pulled in
  • a discharge from your nipple that occurs without squeezing the nipple
  • a change in the skin of your breast, such as redness or
    dimpling or puckered skin
  • a pain that does not go away.

Most changes will not be due to breast cancer but you should get them checked. If you notice any changes, see your doctor without delay, even if your breast screen was normal.

What if I’m asked to come back?

Approximately 5% women are asked to come back to BreastScreen Queensland for more tests at an Assessment Clinic. This is because your breast screen showed some changes which need to be investigated further. It does not mean breast cancer has been found, but it does mean further tests, such as extra mammograms (breast screens), an ultrasound and/or biopsy, are required to determine whether the breast changes are harmless or due to cancer.

These tests are performed by a team of specialists and are free. A doctor will explain your test results and follow up care, if needed.

Last reviewed 1 September 2020 Last updated 1 September 2020

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