Key messages

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Victorian women.
  • BreastScreen Australia is the national breast cancer screening program. It invites women aged between 50 and 74 for a free mammogram every two years.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Victorian women and the second most common cause of cancer death. In 2017, 4,524 Victorian women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 779 died from the disease. After a diagnosis of breast cancer, 90 per cent of women survive for at least five years.

Finding breast cancer early offers women the best chance of successful treatment and recovery. 

BreastScreen Australia Program

The BreastScreen Australia Program is jointly funded by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments. While the program invites women aged 50–74 years to have a free mammogram at a breast screening clinic every two years, all women over the age of 40 are able to access the program.

The Department of Health and Human Services contracts BreastScreen Victoria to deliver the program in Victoria. BreastScreen Victoria provides services through screening clinics, two mobile vans and reading and assessment services.