Treatments and tests

BreastScreen WA – who can have a free screening mammogram?

BreastScreen WA provides free screening mammograms every 2 years to Western Australian women 40 years or over.

Women under 40

If you are under 40 years you cannot have a free screening mammogram at BreastScreen WA. This is because your breast tissue is much denser than an older woman’s, making it more difficult for screening mammograms to show the changes that may indicate cancer.

Find out more about screening mammograms for women under 40.

Women aged 50 – 74

Over 75 per cent of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50.

Women aged 50 to 74 are encouraged to have a free screening mammogram as the benefits have been show to be greatest for women in this age group. The program has been successful in reducing mortality rate from breast cancer by up to 28 per cent in women in this group who participate regularly.

Women over 75

If you are 75 years or older you are no longer sent reminder letters to have a mammogram. You are still welcome to attend BreastScreen WA for a screening mammogram every 2 years.

More information

Visit BreastScreen WA (external site) to download or order a range of publications, including languages other than English.

Remember

  • Western Australian women 40 years and over with no breast symptoms can have a free breast screening mammogram every 2 years.

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