The Benefits of Mammography

The Benefits of Mammography

Over 3000 Australian women have lost their lives to breast cancer this year alone. Early detection of breast cancer gives the best possible chance of survival. 

What is a mammogram?

Mammography is a specialised x-ray technique for imaging the breasts. It is utilised to screen for breast cancer, and to investigate symptoms such as a lump, tenderness, nipple discharge or skin changes.

What are the benefits of a mammogram?

There are several benefits to having a screening mammogram:

  • Increased chance at surviving breast cancer: Breast screening reduces deaths from breast cancer. Every 1000 women who have a screening mammogram every two years from age 50 to age 74, around 8 deaths will be prevented.
  • Improved early detection: A screening mammogram can detect very small cancers, as small as a grain of rice, before any symptoms are felt or noticed by you or your doctor.
  • Improved treatment options if diagnosed: When breast cancer is found early, it is most likely to be small, and successfully treated. Other benefits of early detection include increased treatment options and improved quality of life.
  • Peace of mind: No evidence of cancer detected? Great! We’re glad you’ve got peace of mind and we’ll see you at your next breast screening examination.

We can complete your mammogram in 30 minutes - the same time it takes to get a manicure or pedicure. If you're over 40, talk to your GP about a referral for a screening mammogram.