Risk as breast scan rates fall
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.”