Department of Health

Breast screening boost to save more lives

14/06/22
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Thousands more Victorians will have better access to life-saving breast cancer screening and specialist care close to home, with the addition of 8 permanent BreastScreen Victoria services located across the state. 

The new services are part of a $20 million boost in the Victorian Budget 2022/23, delivering breast screening services to an extra 36,000 eligible Victorians every year by 2026.

Five new permanent breast screening services in the local government areas of Whittlesea, Casey, Greater Geelong/Surf Coast Shire, Melton and Moreland will be established progressively, completed by January 2025.

Three temporary sites in Craigieburn (Hume), Pakenham (Cardinia) and Hoppers Lane (Wyndham) will be converted into permanent sites with greater capacity.

The funding will support the expansion of BreastScreen Victoria’s Reading and Assessment services (RAS) in Parkville and Monash. It will also support strategies designed to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women accessing services.

Breast cancer mortality rates have decreased by almost two per cent a year since 1994. But in 2020 alone 4,575 Victorian women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 766 died from the disease.

BreastScreen Victoria currently provides services at 46 permanent screening clinics. About six per cent of BreastScreen Victoria clients are called back to a RAS for further investigation.

BreastScreen Victoria provides free two-yearly breast screening for eligible Victorians without symptoms. If you are due to be screened, book an appointment at a service by calling 13 20 50 or visiting BreastScreen Victoria.

Learn more about breast screening on Better Health Channel.
 

Reviewed 14 June 2022

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