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Breast Surveillance


We offer regular (often annual) breast assessment, examination and screening for high-risk individuals. These individuals include those with strong family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer, gene mutation carriers (BRCA1/2 and others), and Ashkenazi Jewish heritage. There is an emphasis on discussions regarding lifestyle modification and risk reduction. Risk reducing mastectomy (for prevention of cancer) +/- reconstruction can be discussed and offered by our surgeons. Annual breast surveillance is performed in the clinic along with an assessment of breast imaging that is organised by our surgeons and physicians.


Annual breast surveillance is also performed for all individuals with a previous diagnosis of breast cancer. This generally involves clinical examination with assessment of breast imaging (mammogram and ultrasound), discussion and support around ongoing endocrine treatment and lifestyle modification.

What is the difference between Breast screening and Breast Surveillance?

Breast screening involves regular breast mammography and examination to help reduce illness and death from breast cancer by allowing earlier detection of the disease. It is done for women where there is NO suspected breast cancer. It is often done through BreastScreen Australia which is a national breast cancer screening program.

All women aged 40 and over are eligible for free mammograms every 2 years.

Breast surveillance involves diagnostic breast assessment and imaging in those with a previous history of breast cancer, or risk factors for breast cancer. This includes regular clinical examinations, annual mammograms, ultrasounds and sometimes breast MRI assessment. These investigations are more detailed than a screening mammogram.

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