Breast Screening

The aim of breast screening is to detect cancers at an early stage so that treatment can be offered in a timely fashion. Breast Screen Aoteoroa provides free 2 yearly breast screening for the asymptomatic population between the age of 45 to 69 years old. Screening mammogram is performed and ultrasound is only used if an abnormality is seen on mammography.

If a person is aware of a breast lump, it is important that she seeks urgent medical attention and be referred for a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound, which is performed by a radiology provider separate from the breast screening program. As mentioned above, the aim and focus of Breast Screen Aoteoroa is to screen the asymptomatic population.

Younger women often have high breast density which makes it more difficult to detect smaller lesions on mammography. As a result, more frequent annual screening mammography should be considered. For this reason, we recommend annual screening mammography for women between the age of 40 to 50 years old.

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