Screening for over 70s

What is my risk of developing breast cancer?

The National Breast Screening Programme provides screening mammograms up to 69 years. The risk of developing breast cancer does increase as you get older. If you wish to continue with screening mammography, you can self-refer directly to Canterbury Breastcare or you can ask your GP to refer you.

What if I've already had breast cancer?

You are eligible for an annual free screening mammogram up to 74 years. You are required to have a referral from your GP or Specialist

What if I have a family history of breast cancer?

For women over 70 years with a family history of breast cancer, the risk of developing breast cancer is only slightly higher than it is for women of the same age who do not have a family history.

You can discuss your risk further with your GP.

How often should I have a screening mammogram?

  • Annually if you have had breast cancer or have a family history of breast cancer
  • Otherwise every 2 years, if desired

Will I have to pay?

Most women will have to pay for their mammogram. Some women may be eligible for DHB funding. We will advise you of this when you make an appointment.

What if I have concerns about my breasts?

If you have any breast concerns, you need to see your GP. Your GP will refer you for the appropriate diagnostic breast imaging service.

What should I be looking for?

Common signs requiring further investigation by your doctor include

  • A thickening or a lump
  • Skin dimpling or ulceration
  • Nipple discharge
  • Persistent nipple rash
  • Focal pain
  • Change in breast shape or size

What other services are offered at Canterbury Breastcare?

  • Mammography
  • Ultrasound
  • Biopsies
  • Surgical consultation and surgery
  • Oncology consultation
  • Plastic surgery consultation
  • Genetic risk assessment

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