Breast Screening Procedure
Nurse Agnes: Age is the biggest risk factor for developing breast cancer. More than 75% of breast cancers occur in women over 50 years old. In Australia 1 in 8 women develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
This is why women aged 50 to 74 are invited to attend Breast screen, please note you do not need a referral to book an appointment. You can book online at breastscreen.org.au or call 13 20 50.
The closest breast centres to our clinic are located in Sunshine hospital, Melton and Sunbury.
On your appointment day, you will be welcomed by a Breast Screen Victoria staff member who will explain to you what happens at the clinic. You will be asked to remove your top and bra and to wear a gown.
The female radiographer takes two pictures of each of your breasts. The test is done with you standing in front of the screening machine, and you will be required to lift your arm above your shoulder. You will also feel your body is a little twisted as the radiographer positions you.
Once you are in the right position, your breast will be pressed firmly between two plates in the screening machine. This is done to hold the breast still, and to spread out the breast tissue so a clear picture of the breast is taken. It is normal to feel discomfort during this procedure but it will only last a few seconds.
I have done mammograms two times so far and I find they are ok. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Regarding your result, it will be sent to your address in 2-4 weeks. Your doctor will also receive the result if you fill in their details when you go to your appointment.
If you have questions regarding your result, or about cancer testing in general, you can always see your GP.