Women urged to have breast cancer screen as rates drop
CANCER Council is encouraging all eligible Australian women aged 50 to 74 to consider participating in the free BreastScreen program following the release of data showing a downward trend in participation.
New figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show that BreastScreen participation rates for women aged 50 to 69 have fallen from a high of 57.6% in 2001-02 to 53.7 in 2013-14.
The new data follows recent major international analysis from the International Agency for Research on Cancer which confirmed the life-saving benefits of screening mammography.
BreastScreen invites women 50 to 74 to participate in breast cancer screening using mammograms every two years.
Women aged 40 to 49 or aged 75 and over can also attend the service free of charge.