Risk as breast scan rates fall

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

BREAST- SCREEN­ING rates are con­tin­u­ing to slide, with a new re­port out to­day show­ing a smaller pro­por­tion of women are hav­ing po­ten­tially life­sav­ing scans than they were more than a decade ago.

The Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Health and Well­ness re­port shows while the num­ber of women aged over 70 be­ing tested has dou­bled in two years from a quar­ter to nearly half, rates among mid­dle- aged women have fallen since 2002.

Breast­Screen Aus­tralia’s par­tic­i­pa­tion rate for 50 to 69year- olds sat at just 53.7 per cent in 2013- 14, down from al­most 58 per cent 12 years ago.

Mean­while, Queens­lan­ders are lead­ing the na­tion for breast screen­ing, with al­most three in five women aged over 50 tak­ing a mam­mo­gram.

Health Min­is­ter Sus­san Ley said the fall­ing num­bers were a con­cern.

“I en­cour­age all women aged be­tween 50 to 74 to en­sure they are up to date,” she said. “It could lit­er­ally save your life.”

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