• Barred From Breast Screening

    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…]

  • Cruel Wait Not Breast Practice

    • Robyn Riley
    • From: Sunday Herald Sun
    • April 11, 2010 12:00AM
    • 18 comments

    I AM no doctor, but as someone who was a medical writer for many years, I consider myself reasonably well informed on medical matters.

    But I did not know that BreastScreen Australia provided a screening mammogram only – not a diagnostic mammogram.

    There is a big difference, as I found out last week.

    A screening mammogram is only for women who do not present with symptoms. So the first thing to remember is that anyone with symptoms – and that can be anything from a lump to a discharge or even changes in colour – should not use the free BreastScreen program.

    They should have a GP refer them for a diagnostic mammogram.

    Why? Because it can save you several weeks of worrying. A diagnostic mammogram is also more specific and the results can be returned within a day. [Read More…]