BreastScreen provides free mammograms (breast x-rays) to women 40 years of age and over. The early detection of breast cancer offers a better chance of treatment and recovery.
Mammography is a low dose x-ray, whereby each breast is compressed firmly for a few seconds. The x-rays are then read by two radiologists trained in the detection of early breast cancer. Results are forwarded to the client, by letter, within two weeks.
If any changes are detected on the x-ray, BreastScreen offers a free, high quality assessment at St John of God Hospital, Ballarat. This involves counselling and further tests. If cancer is detected, women are referred back to their own doctor for treatment.
Women 50 and over who have no breast symptoms and have not had breast cancer in the pas, are encouraged to attend BreastScreen every two years. Women 40 - 49 have a lower risk of breast cancer, but may join the program if they wish.
Wimmera BreastScreen is part of the Central Highlands and Wimmera BreastScreening & Assessment Service.
No fees apply to eligible women
Reception, Ph: 132 050 FAX: 03 5381 9129
Ring 132 050 for appointment. Some evening appointments available.
Other inquiries to the Education Officer, Ph: 03 5381 2106