At Auckland Breast Centre we recommend annual breast screening from the age of 40.
We offer breast screening for women under 40 years who are experiencing concerning symptoms and have a doctors referral.
If you are experiencing any concerning symptoms please see your GP prior to making an appointment with us.
The first stage of breast screening is a mammogram.
A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast tissue and will only be performed on patients above 40 years of age, or if required those with a doctors referral.
3D Digital Mammography called Tomosynthesis will be performed along side your usual mammogram.
Screening mammography is the only modality shown to reduce breast cancer deaths in all age groups from 40 years and above.
The next step of breast screening is an ultrasound.
This is a supplementary screening for those who have dense breasts or are experiencing any symptoms and have a doctors referral.
If an ultrasound is required after your mammogram this will be discussed with you by the doctor.
If you have had breast screening before you will be advised when booking your appointment if an ultrasound is recommend.
Those under 40 years with a doctors referral, or who are pregnant or currently breastfeeding will only have an ultrasound scan.
The Radiologist will show you the images and advise you of the findings.
Your GP will also receive a copy of your results within a week.
You may ask for a copy of the report to be sent to you as well for your records.
You will be recalled for routine mammogram in one year.
Less than 1% of women who attend regular breast screening are found to have breast cancer.
If the doctor finds anything concerning during your screening, we will discuss with you the following possibilities.
A biopsy of the area
Follow-up screening over the coming months
An appointment with one of our Breast Specialists
Breast Density is determined through a women's mammogram.
"Have dense breasts...now what?"
Do not worry. Dense breasts are normal.
Most women with dense breasts still won't get breast cancer.
If you have dense breasts you need to have annual 3D mammogram with an ultrasound.