- By Sharon Labi
- From: The Sunday Telegraph
- May 23, 2010 12:00AM
Under 50 … Younger women are missing out on breast screens. Source: The Sunday Telegraph
ALMOST a quarter of breast cancers diagnosed in Australia occur in females under 50, so why is the Government recommending screening for older women only?
Sitting in a drawer of a Canberra office is a report recommending significant changes to Australia’s breast-screening program.
It’s been there since last June. It says the government should lower its target age range for routine mammograms from 50 to 45, and extend it at the other end of the age range, from 69 to 75.
Such changes would have done little to help the likes of the late Jane McGrath. The wife of former fast bowler Glenn was only 31 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She died in 2008. [Read More…]