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Mammograms and Breast Cancer Screening

BreastScreen Victoria offers free breast screens to women aged between 50 and 74 every 2 years.

It is easy to book an appointment for BreastScreen Victoria online here. Southland Medical Centre does not provide breast imaging services.

BreastScreen Victoria provides free mammograms to find breast cancer early before any symptoms are noticed. Treatment is likely to be successful if screened early, and regularly.

What to expect at BreastScreen Victoria

Having a mammogram can be daunting.  BreastScreen Victoria’s short film gives a quick look at the mammogram process.

What if I am under 50?

  • The tissue of younger women’s breasts is usually more dense than that of older women and can show up as white areas on the x-ray. Breast cancers also show up as white areas on x-rays. This makes breast cancer more difficult to detect in breast screens for women in their 40s compared to women aged 50-74.
  • While breast screening is recommended for women aged 50-74, women in their 40s and over 74 are encouraged to discuss the benefits and risks of screening in the context of their individual health needs with their doctor.
  • If you are unsure about your risk of breast cancer or whether breast screening should be a priority for you, we recommend that you talk to your doctor.
  • It is important for all women to know the normal look and feel of their breasts. If you notice any breast changes, nipple discharge or a lump, it is important that you visit your doctor as soon as possible, before you make an appointment at BreastScreen Victoria.

More Information

For more information about mammograms, contact your GP to make an appointment or explore the links below: