Who is eligible

BreastScreen Queensland operates as a "well women's" service, meaning we do not treat women who have breast cancer or who have possible breast cancer symptoms as our focus is on early detection of breast cancer and reducing lifestyle risk factors.

Our screening program is specifically designed to actively encourage women 50 to 74 years to attend as the evidence of screening benefit is strongest in this age group. However, our program also accepts women in their 40s or 75 years and over.

We do not accept women younger than 40 for several important reasons:

  • there is no current evidence that screening mammography is effective in detecting early stages of breast cancer in this age group
  • there are concerns about the effect of regular mammograms on young breast tissue, and
  • young breasts generally have denser tissue which makes it difficult to see breast cancer.

It is important to be aware of the normal look and feel of your breasts. If you find a breast lump, nipple discharge or any breast changes that concern you, please contact your doctor without delay.

Last reviewed 13 June 2018 Last updated 15 June 2018

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BreastScreen Queensland reopens

Following a temporary suspension of routine breast screening across the State, some BreastScreen Queensland services are starting to screen again.

The recommencement of breast screening varies across the State. If you had an appointment cancelled, your local service will contact you to schedule a new appointment.

BreastScreen Queensland is an important early detection service for women, which reduces illness and death from breast cancer. To make an appointment please call us on 13 20 50 or book online.

Please note that online bookings are currently not available for the Rockhampton and Wide Bay Services, however, if you live in these areas you can still access your online account to view mail from BreastScreen Queensland, including reminders, forms, your results and update your personal details if needed.

We understand that some women may have concerns about attending screening at this time. If this is you, please talk to your doctor who knows you best, about whether breast screening at this time is right for you based on your individual circumstances.

The wellbeing of women and our staff is always our top priority and BreastScreen Queensland services are implementing a range of strategies to minimise and address risks from COVID-19 for women who attend for breast screening and our staff. As such, we ask that you reschedule your appointment if you are feeling unwell or you are required to self-quarantine or self-isolate due to COVID-19.

All women are encouraged to remain aware of the normal look and feel of their breasts. If you notice any changes please see your doctor immediately, do not wait until your next breast screen. Breast changes to look out for include:

If you have any questions or concerns, please call your local BreastScreen Queensland service on 13 20 50.

We will continue to keep you updated here on our website about the availability of breast screening services during this time.

For more information about COVID-19 or visit www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus

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