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Breast Screening

How does breast screening work at Albany Clinic?

At Albany Clinic we offer breast checks routinely when you’re due for your pap smear, and at any other time you request it. For further screening via mammography and/or ultrasound, we can refer you on to the nearest BreastScreen service, or to a private radiology practice.

If you live in North Brisbane, and are concerned about any new changes in your breasts, please come in to see one of our doctors, who will examine you and refer you on for further screening if required.

The Benefits of breast cancer screening

  • Regular breast cancer screening for women aged between 50 and 69 reduces the number of women who die from breast cancer.
  • Having regular screening mammograms is the best way to find breast cancer early before it can be felt or noticed.
  • Finding breast cancer early often means that the breast cancer is small, less likely to have spread to other parts of the body and can be more effectively treated.

There are 3 steps that all women should follow in order to be breast aware

1. Become familiar with the normal look and feel of your breasts.

Breast ScreeningLooking in the mirror regularly is a good way to learn the normal shape of your breasts.

There’s no right or wrong way to feel your breasts; some women might find it easier in the shower/bath, lying in bed or while they’re getting dressed. Remember to check all of the breast tissue and to feel near the surface and deeper into the breast.

2. See a doctor if you notice any unusual breast changes.

For example:

  • A lump, lumpiness or thickening in the breast or armpit.
  • Changes in the skin – dimpling, puckering or redness.
  • Changes in the nipple – pointing in rather than out (unless it has always been this way), a change in direction or an unusual discharge.
  • An area that feels different from the rest.
  • Unusual pain.

The vast majority of breast changes are not breast cancer; however, it is important to have any changes checked out straight away by your doctor.

3. If you’re aged 50 to 69, have a mammogram at BreastScreen every 2 years.

In Australia, all women aged 50 to 69 are invited to have a free screening mammogram (breast X-ray) at BreastScreen every two years. It is the best early detection tool we have for reducing deaths from breast cancer.

Although women in their 40s and over 70 are outside the BreastScreen program’s target age range, they are still at risk of breast cancer and are eligible for free screening mammograms with BreastScreen Australia every two years.

Mammographic screening is the best method for detecting breast cancer early, before it can be felt or noticed.

Book an appointment

Please make a booking on (07) 3264 2622 today to speak with your doctor about your own risk for breast cancer and the appropriate program of self-examination and mammogram for your age, lifestyle, and medical history.