2 Million Mammograms Performed By BreastScreen WA

2 Million Mammograms Performed By BreastScreen WA

Western Australia Minister for Health Roger Cook

BreastScreen WA Reaches 2 Million Mammograms

Victor P Taffa

  • Best way to reduce breast cancer deaths is to detect and treat it as early as possible
  • Screening mammogram is free for women over 40 and takes only 20 minutes

On Daffodil Day, BreastScreen WA (BSWA) is celebrating its 2-Millionth screening mammogram, having taken less than half the time to reach its second million than its first.

“This 2-Million milestone represents a significant benefit to Western Australian women with 1 in 8 women in Australia developing breast cancer in their lifetime.” Minister for Health Roger Cook said.

“BSWA performs more than 120,000 mammograms each year State-wide through its Perth metropolitan clinics, Bunbury clinic and mobile regional screening units.”

Commencing in 1989, the Service reached 1 Million screens after 19 years in 2008, and has taken only 9 years to reach the second million.

“By taking the time to have a regular screening mammogram every 2 years, women will increase their chances of breast cancer being detected at an early stage.” Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health Alanna Clohesy MLC said.

“Cancer Council’s Daffodil Day raises funds for life-saving cancer research, State-wide education programs and support services for thousands of Western Australian families affected by cancer.”

BSWA provides free mammograms to WA women aged 40 years and over, but specifically targets women aged 50-74 years who are invited to attend every 2 years.

In the past few years, the service has introduced new and innovative methods to encourage women to have a screen and was one the first in Australia to have online bookings.

BSWA uses text message appointment reminders and Facebook to share information about breast screening and breast health.