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BreastScreen ACT offers free screening mammograms to people aged 40 years and over.

About this service

We offer free screening mammograms (breast X-rays) to eligible Canberrans over the age of 40 years and actively encourage people aged 50 - 74 years to have mammograms every two years.

The whole process only takes 15 minutes.

We also investigate any areas of interest that are detected on your mammogram. This means you may be asked to come back for further assessment once your mammogram has been reviewed by two radiologists.

Screening mammograms are for people without any signs and symptoms of breast cancer. We are looking to find breast cancers early, well before they can be seen or felt.

Eligible Canberrans aged 50 - 74 years should have a screening mammogram every two years.

For peace of mind, give us a call on 13 20 50 to make an appointment.

Who we care for

Our service invites people aged 50 to 74 years to have a free screening mammogram.

People aged 40 to 49 and 75+ years are also welcome to attend. Call us on 13 20 50.

Don’t forget to bring your Medicare card.

You should not have a mammogram if you are pregnant due to the potential radiation harm to the baby.

If you are breastfeeding you should postpone your screening mammogram until three months after you have finished lactation. This is because breast tissue is more dense with stored milk when breast feeding, making screening mammograms less effective.

If you see or feel changes in one or both of your breasts you should see your GP or health care worker.

How to access this service

You do not need a referral from your GP to use our service.

You can make an appointment by calling BreastScreen ACT on 13 20 50 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

What to expect

When you call BreastScreen ACT you will be asked specific questions about yourself and your breast health. If eligible, we will make an appointment at that time.

We will give you some instructions about what you need to do before coming and we will let you know how to find us.

If you agree, an SMS reminder message will be sent to you three days before your appointment.

At your appointment you will be asked to make sure we have recorded your details correctly. We also ask you some questions relating to your health and any history of breast cancer in your family.

You will be shown to a ‘BreastScreen only’ waiting area.

The Radiographer will come and get you. The Radiographer is the person doing the screening mammogram. She will meet you and talk to you about what is going to happen and make sure you are comfortable before starting.

You can ask to stop at any time.

You may be called back for us to look more closely at any areas of interest in your breast/s that have been seen on the mammogram (x-ray). You will be asked to make yourself available for the whole day.

At this appointment you may have:

  • 3D mammograms
  • an ultrasound
  • a biopsy (a needle to take a small amount of breast tissue).

You may be told your result before leaving, or asked to come back so we can discuss your results with you and your support person/s.

Most people who are called back for further investigation do not have breast cancer.

Most people who have breast implants can have regular breast screening every two years. When you call to make an appointment, we will ask if you have implants because you will need a slightly longer appointment.

Most people with disability can have a mammogram but, for some, it may not be possible to have a mammogram. You should talk to your doctor about breast screening to decide whether its right for you.

If you have a disability, including one that affects your mobility, or you have a carer, you can give us a call on (02) 6205 5053 to work out the best option for you.

Trans and Gender Diverse (TGD) people are welcome to screen with us if you are aged 40 or over and meet the eligibility criteria. You can call our Clinical Coordinator on (02) 6205 5053 if you have any questions.

What to bring to your appointment

  • Medicare card
  • Medicines you need to take while you are here
  • Previous x-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results or reports

Where we’re located

Screening services are located at:

If you are called to come back for further investigation, you will be required to come to an assessment clinic in the City Community Health Centre.

Resources

BreastScreen Australia Program

Cancer Australia

BreastScreen ACT (PDF, 749.19 KB)

BreastScreen ACT (Farsi) (PDF, 476.85 KB)

BreastScreen ACT (Italian) (PDF, 423.32 KB)

BreastScreen ACT (Spanish) (PDF, 422.33 KB)

BreastScreen ACT (Croatian) (PDF, 424.52 KB)

BreastScreen ACT (Chinese) (PDF, 847 KB)

BreastScreen ACT (Arabic) (PDF, 722.86 KB)

BreastScreen ACT (Hindi) (PDF, 731.32 KB)

Breast Changes (PDF, 240.26 KB)

Breast Pain (PDF, 227.26 KB)

BreastScreen ACT Assessment Clinic (PDF, 204.49 KB)

Breast Screening for Women with Breast Implants (PDF, 151.43 KB)

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