Your personal worksheet

Tick the risk factors you have

Important risk factors:

Personal history of breast cancer
This decision aid is not for you. You should seek clinical advice on managing your breast cancer risk
Family history of breast cancer
If you have a strong family history this decision aid is not for you. You should seek clinical advice on managing your breast cancer risk
Previous biopsies showing abnormal breast cells

Risk factors that increase your risk slightly:

Never had children
First child after age 30
Early age of first period (less than 12 years old)
Currently taking the oral contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy
Drink more than 2 standard drinks of alcohol per day
Have put on a lot of weight in adulthood

The more risk factors you have the higher your risk of breast cancer and the more likely you are to benefit from regular breast screening.

Consider if each of the following points make you feel like you want to start screening now, or if you want to think about it later.

For example if one of the points makes you feel very strongly that you may want to consider screening later, select a button close to the right hand side of the list, close to the words 'Consider screening later'. If you are unsure or neutral, select a button close to the centre.

 

For 1000 women aged 40 who commence screening:

0.5 death from breast cancer is avoided because of screening.
This makes me feel I want to...

Start screening now Consider screening later

 

7 more women are diagnosed with breast cancer over the next 10 years because of screening.
This makes me feel I want to...

Start screening now Consider screening later

 

239 women will have extra tests because of screening.
This makes me feel I want to...

Start screening now Consider screening later

 

740 women are reassured they do not have breast cancer because of screening.
This makes me feel I want to...

Start screening now Consider screening later

 

Others:

This makes me feel I want to...

Start screening now Consider screening later

 

After weighing up the points, from the last two steps, tick the box that best describes which way you are leaning:

I will start having a mammogram every 2 years
I will have a mammogram now and reconsider in 2 years
I am undecided
I will not have a mammogram now but I may reconsider in two years
I will not have a mammogram now but I may reconsider later when 50

You can write in this space any questions you still have. You could contact us, ask your doctor or ask your local BreastScreen Australia service.

 

Before you make your final decision, you may want to discuss your decision with your doctor.

If you wish to take your worksheet along with you to you appointment, you should print this page before clicking on the 'Continue' button below.

We would like to stress that the information contained in this website is based on data for Australian women aged 40-49 years. BreastScreen Australia recommends that women aged 50-69 years have a screening mammogram every two years.

 

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