Screening mammograms are often less reliable for women under 40 years of age as the density of breast tissue in younger women makes it more difficult to detect cancers on mammograms. However, you are encouraged to know your breasts. As part of your daily routine, establish what is your ‘normal’ when it comes to look and feel. Please seek health advice if you notice any changes.
40 to 49
Talk to your GP to establish if a mammogram is right for you. Continue to know your breasts and your ‘normal’. Don’t hesitate to seek health advice if you notice any changes.
If you are aged 50 to 74 years you are encouraged to have a screening mammogram every two years. At Breast Diagnostic Specialists we utilise Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography) for screening mammograms. By providing 3D Mammography, Breast Diagnostic Specialists offers women on the Sunshine Coast access to an innovative and effective breast imaging technology. We also use 3D Mammography for Diagnostic Mammograms (where there are symptoms).
If you are aged 75 and over and have no breast symptoms, talk to your GP if you should continue to have mammograms.