Why over 50?
Why not screen women when they're younger?
75% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are over 50. According to research, it is more difficult to detect cancers in women under 40 by mammogram due to the density in breast tissue.
The Australian Medical Board recommends all women over 50 have a mammogram every two years to assist with early detection.
In conjunction with regular screening if you're over 50, you should also be conducting your own monthly breast checks- that goes for women under 50 too. If you're unsure how to check your breasts or what you should be looking for, chat to your doctor.
If you're looking for further advice, speak to your doctor or take a look at the Breast Cancer Network Australia's website