Breast Cancer is the most common cancer affecting women; with one in eight women in NSW developing breast cancer in their lifetime.
The best time to treat breast cancer is when it is still very small. This is why breast screening is so important, yet only 44.1 per cent of eligible women in South Western Sydney are participating in regular screening. Having regular mammograms is the best way to find breast cancer early, when treatment is likely to be most successful.
While no referral is required for patients to use the BreastScreen service, GPs are encouraged to refer their patients. Evidence shows that a referral from a general practitioner can be highly influential in a patients decision to participate in screening.
Support for general practice
South Western Sydney PHN are working in partnership with Cancer Institute and Breast Screen NSW to increase Breast Screening participation rates in the local region.
SWSPHN can work with and support general practitioners by:
-Support to implement recall and reminder systems for due and overdue women via the Breast screening register
-Providing appropriate resources
-Assistance with training and the use of PENCAT to improve screening in practices
-Providing links to refer women to women’s specific Health Centres for free pap smears and breast checks and Breast Screen mobile and fixed sites in the SWS area.
BreastScreen NSW, is a free breast screening service for women aged 40 years and over. The program targets women aged 50 to 74 years to have a screening mammogram every two years; however women aged 40-49 and those above 75 years are also welcome to have a free mammogram if they would like.
BreastScreen NSW provides mammograms at various fixed and mobile locations all around Australia.
To view the SWSLHD van's 2016 schedule click here.
Breastscreen NSW fixed locations in South Western Sydney:
- BANKSTOWN: Ground Flr, Civic Tower Building, Cnr Rickard Rd and Jacobs St, Bankstown 2200
- LIVERPOOL (Screening): 157 - 161 George St, (Unit 5), Liverpool 2170
- LIVERPOOL (Screening & Assessment): 102 Bigge St, Liverpool 2170
- CAMPBELLTOWN: Mawson Centre, 4 Browne St, (Ground Flr, Units 3-5), Campbelltown 2560
- BOWRAL: Bowral Medical Imaging, Bowral District Hospital, Bowral St.
Making a booking
To make an appointment women can call 13 20 50 or 13 14 50 for the free telephone interpreter service. Women are also welcome to visit the mobile van or fixed locations to book an appointment and there are also walk-in appointment slots available, however please note that these spots are limited. All staff members at the van are female.
GP resource order form