Half not getting test for cancer

MORE than one in eight women in NSW will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, but almost half of women, aged 50-74, are not getting their recommended two yearly mammograms.

BreastScreen NSW is encouraging women to get together with a friend to book a mammogram during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to boost screening rates and save lives.
South Western Sydney Local Health District BreastScreen NSW, Clinical Director, Dr Patsy Soon, said that by taking the time to talk to a friend about screening and arranging to go for a mammogram together, you could not only save her life, but your own.
“We know there are many reasons why women might be missing their recommended mammogram – they put it off because they are too busy, they are nervous about going, or nervous about the results,” Dr Soon said.
“By encouraging a friend to go with them, women can ensure that making the appointment becomes a priority. It also means that they will have someone to support them on the day, and as they get the results.”
Figures from the Cancer Institute NSW, show that in the South Western Sydney Local Health District, 624 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone.
Chief Cancer Officer and CEO of the Cancer Institute NSW, Professor David Currow, explained that around 60 per cent of breast cancers are diagnosed in women aged 50-74, which is why screening is so important for women in this age group.
“We want women in Sydney’s south west, particularly those between the ages of 50 and 74, to be aware that if caught at the earliest stage, breast cancer can be successfully treated in almost all cases,” Professor Currow said.
To book a mammogram, phone 13 20 50.
You can search for your nearest BreastScreen NSW service or book online by visiting