Breast Cancer Screening
- 1 in 8 women in NSW will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
- 9 out of 10 women who develop breast cancer do not have a family history of breast cancer.
- the five-year survival rate for women with the earliest stage of breast cancer is 98% (tumour size 0 to 10mm), compared to 73% for women whose tumour size is 30mm or greater – early detection is vital.
- the aim of the WCSC is to increase the number of women aged 50 to 74 who have a screening mammogram every two years.
North Coast Breast Cancer screening rates
Each year the Cancer Institute NSW provides NCPHN with the “Reporting for Better Cancer Outcomes Performance Report: NCPHN”.
The data presented here is:
- derived from the 2016 report, along with postcode-level data provided by Cancer Institute NSW.
- from the BreastScreen service and does not capture screening via private provider. It is thought that private screening rates would not have a large effect on participation statistics.
Key points on breast screening participation rates in the North Coast region:
- Women aged 50-54 have particularly poor participation rates and should be considered a priority
- Postcode level analysis shows several ‘hotspot’ areas of under-screening (refer to Map 1)
- Over 20% of women in Tweed and Bellingen have never screened with Breast Screen.
- Of Local Government Areas with culturally and linguistically (CALD) diverse populations larger than 200, Tweed Heads, Lismore and Byron have the lowest screening rates of CALD women, and are below the state average.
- Women with German, Italian and French as a first language represent populations of more than 200 woman with screening rates below 33%.
North Coast participation in women 50-69
|Below state average||North Coast top performing areas||Mid-range|
|LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA NAME||Breast screen. Participation women aged 50-69|
|Breast screen participation aboriginal women 50-69 2014-15||Aboriginal women population size|
|Breast screen participation CALD women 50-69 2014-15||CALD women population size|
Data source: Cancer Institute NSW, 2016. Reporting for Better Cancer Outcomes Performance Report 2016: North Coast Primary Health Network Internal access.
Culturally and linguistically diverse women’s participation
Whilst the number of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women in the NCPHN footprint is relatively low, in is clear that CALD women are screening at rates much lower than the general population.
Table 2: Language spoken by women participating in Breast Screening, 2014-15.
|Language||North Coast PHN|
|Women Screened||Population||Participation rate|