BreastScreen Australia

In 2016–2017:

  • More than 1.8 million women aged 50–74 participated in BreastScreen Australia, an age-standardised participation rate of 55%.
  • Across jurisdictions, participation was highest in South Australia (59%, age-standardised rate); and Tasmania (58%), the Australian Capital Territory (57%), and Western Australia (56%) all had rates higher than the national rate.
  • Across all jurisdictions, women aged 65–69 had the highest participation rates, ranging from 44% in the Northern Territory, to 66% in South Australia.
  • Across PHNs, Northern Queensland had the highest participation rate (61%), and Northern Territory had the lowest (38%). This trend has been observed since 2014–2015 (PHNs were established in June 2015).
  • For the target age group (50–74), participation rates across Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3s) ranged from 29% in Daly – Tiwi – West Arnhem (NT) to 69% in Charters Towers – Ayr – Ingham (Qld).

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About BreastScreen Australia

The national breast cancer screening program, BreastScreen Australia began in 1991. It aims to reduce illness and death from breast cancer using screening mammography for early detection of unsuspected breast cancer in women. Early detection provides an opportunity for early treatment, which can reduce illness and death. Women aged 40 and over are eligible for free mammograms every 2 years, and women aged 50–74 are actively targeted to participate in the program.

Participation by age, state and territory and year

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Participation by PHN

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Participation by SA3

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