South Australian women aged between 70 and 74 will continue to receive potentially life-saving mammograms for free as part of a new $4.2 million agreement secured by the Marshall Liberal Government today.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the agreement with the Turnbull Government will enable women aged 70 to 74 years to continue to attend free biennial mammograms as part of the BreastScreen Australia program.

“Around one in 10 South Australian women develop breast cancer before they’re 75, and we know early detection can maximise the most successful outcomes,” Minister Wades said.

“As breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Australia and the second most common cause of death in women after lung cancer, we know the more women who receive free mammograms, the better.

“For this reason, we are extremely pleased to have reached an agreement to continue the funding for this crucial program with the Commonwealth today.”

More than 90,000 South Australian women undergo free screening mammograms each year at BreastScreen SA.

BreastScreen SA General Manager, Jane Burden, said mammograms are the most effective tool in identifying cancer, often before anything can be felt by hand.

“For women aged 50 to 74 years, having a mammogram every two years reduces the chance of dying from breast cancer by approximately 40% so it is imperative we continue free screening across this entire age range,” Ms Burden said.

“It is anticipated this new agreement will result in finding over 360 breast cancers and increase participation in screening of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, culturally and linguistically diverse women and women residing in remote areas.

“I am pleased that as a result of this new agreement, free screening will continue to be provided to more South Australian women aged 70 to 74.”

This agreement between the Commonwealth and South Australian State Government provides $4.26 million over four years for the continued support of breast screen services to women in SA aged 70 to 74 years of age.

Breast screening is primarily recommended for women aged 50 to 74; however it is possible for women aged from 40 to be screened.

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