Online BreastScreen bookings set to save QLD lives

Queensland women are being urged to make an early New Year’s Resolution for their health – with the launch of BreastScreen Queensland’s online booking system this week.

The new service allows women to use a mobile or computer to manage their own breast screening appointments, update their personal information and view any correspondence with BreastScreen.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said it had never been easier for women to book in a breast screen, which could save their life.

“Our research shows women screened by BreastScreen Queensland have better cancer survival prospects than those not screened,” Ms Clift said.

“Detecting breast cancer early is crucial for survival and improving quality of life, and any initiative that aims to increase uptake of screening is imperative for our state.

“Being able to pre-book an appointment online will make it much easier for many women to participate in recommended breast screening.

“Currently, only about 57 per cent of eligible Queensland women get free mammograms every two years through BreastScreen Queensland.

“While some women are screened privately, there is concern that many others may be missing out or failing to follow up on reminder notices.

“Allowing women to make their screening bookings online will also improve uptake rates – it’s easy, convenient and can be synced straight to their schedule.”

Cancer Council Queensland recommends women aged 50-74 have a mammogram every two years through BreastScreen Queensland.

Cancer Council urged all Queensland women to be breast aware and familiarise themselves with the normal look and feel of their breasts.

“All women should also see a doctor immediately if they notice any unusual breast changes,” Ms Clift said.

“Make an early New Year’s Resolution and tick one thing off your to-do list for 2017 – make a booking today!”

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Queensland women – around 3300 new cases are diagnosed each year, and about 550 women die from the disease.

Queensland women can make a booking online at

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For more information or interviews, please contact:
Katie Clift,
Executive Manager,
Media and Spokesperson,
Cancer Council Queensland
Phone: (07) 3634 5372
Mobile: 0409 001 171