BreastScreen NSW provides free screening mammograms (breast x-rays) for the early detection of breast cancer. BreastScreen NSW recommend women aged 50-74 have a screening mammogram every two years. Women aged 40 to 49 and 75 years and older are also welcome to attend. Mammograms can detect breast cancers in the earliest stages, before they can be felt or noticed. BreastScreen aims to reduce breast cancer mortality through early detection. Early detection improves survival and treatment options may be less invasive.
All mammograms at BreastScreen are performed by female staff and no GP referral is needed.
BreastScreen NSW also provide a free assessment clinic for women who require further investigation following their mammogram. The assessment clinics involve a multi-disciplinary team of radiologists, surgeons, radiographers, counsellors and clerical staff. Investigation of possible mammographic abnormalities may include additional mammographic views, ultrasound, needle biopsy and less commonly, surgical biopsy, up to the point of a definitive benign or malignant diagnosis. 9 out of 10 women recalled for assessment do not have breast cancer.
20 minutes every two years could save your life!
For a free appointment call 13 20 50 or 13 14 50 for an interpreter
BreastScreen services in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
BreastScreen NSW has a number of fixed sites located in the Shoalhaven Illawarra Area
- Wollongong David Jones Rose Clinic (site info and location)
- Wollongong Crown Street Clinic (site info and location)
- Shellharbour (site info and location)
- Nowra (site info and location)
- Ulladulla (site info and location)
A Mobile Screening Van is also provided at various locations during the year. To find your closest BreastScreen service, please click here.
To book your free appointment please call 13 20 50. Please call 13 14 50 if a language interpreter is preferred.
- Group bookings available
- You may bring someone along to your appointment for support if you wish
- No GP referral required
For more details about the program, please visit the BreastScreen NSW website.