If you are over 50, you should get a breast screening every 2 years.
A breast screening is also called a mammogram.
A mammogram is an x-ray to check for signs of cancer.
During the test, each breast is squeezed between 2 plates.
You will need to stay still for about 10–15 seconds while the doctor takes an x-ray.
Women between 50 and 74 years old can get a free mammogram through Breast Screen Australia.
If you can’t have a mammogram, you might be able to have an ultrasound.
An ultrasound is a test that can look inside your body.
You will usually find out the mammogram or ultrasound results in a few weeks.
Download the Being a Healthy Woman: Breast Health fact sheet (PDF) to learn more about breast screening.