Breast cancer and screening

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer found in women in Australia. Breast cancer is the abnormal growth of cells which line the breast ducts or lobules and grow uncontrollably. Both men and women can develop breast cancer, although it is less common in men.  There may be no symptoms of signs of having breast cancer, emphasing the importance of mammographic screening

Symptoms of breast cancer include:

  • a lump, lumpiness or thickening of the breast (especially if it’s only in one breast)
  • changes in the size or shape of the breast
  • changes to the nipple (change in shape, crusting, sores or ulcers, redness, discharge)
  • swelling, lumps or discomfort in the armpit
  • persistent pain.

Early detection and appropriate treatment can significantly improve breast cancer survival rates. The most effective screening tool for detection is through mammography

The National BreastScreen Australia Program is open to women without symptoms of breast cancer who are aged between 50 and 74-years-old, as this demographic is most at risk of developing breast cancer. Women in their 40s or 75 years and over are also eligible to participate in the BreastScreen Queensland program. BreastScreen Queensland provides free screening and assessment to eligible women every two years in Brisbane south. 

To find BreastScreen locations in Brisbane south, visit BreastScreen Queensland.

While most breast changes aren’t caused by cancer, if you experience any or all of these symptoms it’s important you visit your doctor as soon as possible.

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