A new lump (especially if it is not tender) or new lumpiness (especially if it is only in one breast), a change in the size or shape of your breast, a change in the skin of your breast such as redness or dimpling, any changes in the nipple such as itchiness, scabbing, or discharge, any persistent pain in your left or right breast should prompt a visit to your doctor.
In a 30-minute appointment, we’ll begin with a medical assessment to review your medical history, existing health conditions, medications and symptoms. We will discuss any concerns over changes in your breast tissue as well as carry out a clinical breast exam. Based on findings, we may recommend further imaging tests like a mammogram, ultrasound or MRI. We can also educate you on breast self-examination. For any referrals and follow-ups, we can also help arrange these.
BreastScreen Australia is a national screening program that provides free mammograms to eligible women to detect early-stage breast cancer.
BreastScreen Australia targets women aged 50 to 74 years, as this age group has been shown to benefit the most from regular screening. However, women outside this age range are still eligible to participate.
How often should I have a mammogram?
If you are between the ages of 50 to 74, you should have one every 2 years regardless of whether you have symptoms or not.
How does a mammogram work?
During a mammogram, your breast is gently compressed between 2 plates for a few seconds to obtain clear images of the breast tissue. The procedure is generally well-tolerated with minimal discomfort. The images are reviewed by radiologists to detect any abnormalities. Mammograms can detect much smaller tumours than what a physical exam can uncover. If abnormalities are found, further diagnostic tests or follow-up appointments will be recommended.
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