Cancer Council NSW acknowledges the difficult circumstances that have led to the decision to temporarily suspend BreastScreen NSW services in most areas due to COVID-19.
We understand that this decision may cause concern and confusion to many people in the community. We want to reassure the community that we are working to ensure that your concerns are heard.
As some services are starting to re-open, we encourage women to check the BreastScreen NSW website if they have questions.
If you have any questions or require help from BreastScreen NSW, please call them 13 20 50.
If you are distressed by this news and need support, call our Information and Support Line on 13 11 20.
Your questions answered
BreastScreen NSW is inviting women to have their breast screens in a number of locations, including:
Casino (mobile van)
Kyogle (mobile van)
You can find out more information on when and where BreastScreen NSW services plan to reopen on the BreastScreen NSW website.
If you have symptoms that concern you, see your doctor without delay. Do not wait for BreastScreen services in your area to resume – screening is not designed for women with symptoms or concerns.
You can find out more information about possible signs and symptoms of breast cancer on our website and on the BreastScreen NSW website. While most breast changes aren’t caused by cancer, if you have symptoms, see your doctor without delay.
Cancer Council NSW is an independent charity and does not provide breast screening services.
We are communicating with BreastScreen NSW to ensure that community concerns over the pause to screening services are heard.
If you are concerned or distressed by the pause in services please contact our friendly cancer specialists on our Information and Support Line by calling 13 11 20.
We would suggest that you contact your GP to discuss this.
The BreastScreen NSW website has advice on what to do if you are waiting for results or have been called back for additional tests.
If you wish to contact BreastScreen NSW directly, please call 13 20 50
People who are due for the cervical or bowel cancer screening tests should not delay. As of now, the National Bowel Cancer and Cervical Cancer screening programs are open.
The bowel cancer screening test is done at home, with the sample sent in the mail. Now is an ideal time for someone who is due for their screening to complete the test.
Cervical cancer screening requires a visit to a medical service like a doctor’s clinic. Arrangements are in place to ensure that people can access medical services like doctor’s clinics at the moment.