Breast cancer screening tests

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Cancers detected by the BreastScreen program are more likely to be smaller than those diagnosed outside the screening program.1 The Australian breast cancer screening program using mammography is associated with a 21–28% reduction in mortality from breast cancer in the target population – women aged 50–69 years.2 Screening for breast cancer is recommended every 2 years for the asymptomatic average risk population from age 50 until age 69.2 All women should also be aware of how their breasts normally look and feel and promptly report any new or unusual changes to their GP.

Clinical information

Quality use of medical tests means choosing the right test for the patient and using it at the right time. We have compiled some of the latest evidence and guidelines on breast cancer screening to help you discuss the relevance of this with your patients.

  1. Department of Health and Ageing. BreastScreen Australia Evaluation. Evaluation Final Report. 2009.[Online] (accessed 7 June 2013).
  2. Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice (The Red Book) 8th Edition. Melbourne: The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 2012. [Online] (accessed 8 January 2013).

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