Breast awareness

Breast awareness

BreastScreen WA provides FREE screening mammograms to women 40 years or over with no breast symptoms, and specifically targets women aged 50-74 years. BreastScreen WA encourages women aged 50-74 years to have a FREE screening mammogram every two years. BreastScreen WA recommends that all women are Breast Aware.  Most breast changes are not breast cancer, however it is important to have any changes checked by your GP.

What should I be aware of?

Breasts come in all shapes and sizes and will change throughout your life. Your menstrual cycle, pregnancy, age and weight may alter the size, shape and feel of your breasts.

Get to know your own breasts so that you will know what is normal for you. Look in the mirror at your breasts and feel your breasts from time to time

Ask your GP to check your breasts regularly

See your GP promptly if you notice any of the following unusual breast changes:

  • A lump, lumpiness or thickening in the breast or armpit
  • Changes in the nipple such as inversion, new nipple discharge, itchy or ulcerated skin
  • Changes in the skin of the breast such as dimpling, puckering or redness
  • An area of the breast that feels different from the rest
  • New persistent breast pain

What if I am a woman under 40 years?

Women under 40 years are not eligible to attend a screening mammogram at BreastScreen WA. Young women under 40 years have much denser breast tissue than older women, so it is more difficult for screening mammograms to show the changes that may indicate cancer. More information for women under 40.

What if I am a woman over 75 years?

Women 75 years and over are no longer sent reminder letters to attend for a mammogram. However, you are welcome to ring BreastScreen WA for an appointment prior to your due date.

More information for women over 75.

What if I am a woman with:

A family history of breast cancer? More information for women with a family history.

Breast implants? More information for women with breast implants.

A disability? Information on access for women with disabilities.

 

woman checking her breasts

woman checking her breasts in the mirror

 

 

 

Book online or phone 13 20 50

When making your appointment, please let us know if you

  1. have breast implants
  2. require an interpreter
  3. use a wheelchair.

These things may make your appointment a little longer.

If you need an interpreter, please call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) first on 13 14 50 and ask to be connected to the BreastScreen WA call centre on 13 20 50.

NOTE:

Wheelchair access is available at all BreastScreen WA services.

Appointments are available 7:30am-5:45pm on weekdays and 8:15-11:30am on Saturdays at most BreastScreen WA clinics.

BreastScreen WA has metropolitan, regional and mobile screening services located at:

Bunbury South West Health Campus
Corner of Bussell Highway and Robertson Drive

Cannington      Unit 15, Prime West Cannington,
                         1490 Albany Highway, Beckenham, 6107

Cockburn Cockburn Integrated Health and Community Facility,
                        Suite 4, Corner Beeliar Drive and Wentworth Parade, Success, 6164

David Jones Rose Clinic
Level 3, Perth City store, 6000  

Mandurah Level 1, 3/61 Sutton Street, Mandurah 6210

Midland 14/27 Old Great Northern Highway, Midland, 6056

Mirrabooka      29 Yirrigan Drive, Mirrabooka, 6061

Padbury           Hepburn Heights Shopping Centre,
 Unit 8/6 Blackwattle Parade, Padbury, 6025

Perth City        50 Murray Street, Perth, 6000

Rockingham    Unit 2, 12 Leghorn Street, Rockingham, 6168

Wanneroo       ECU Health Centre, L2
30 Dundebar Road, Wanneroo, 6065

Appointments are available 7:30am-5:45pm on weekdays and 8:15am-11:30am on Saturdays at most BreastScreen WA clinics.

Mobile breast screening services visit outer metropolitan areas and country towns every two years. Some towns are visited annually.

Last Updated: 13/01/2017