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Breast Screening

Free breast screening for eligible women aged 45 to 69 years is provided by the national breast screening program 
BreastScreen Aotearoa.


  • The aim of breast screening is to find very small cancers before a lump can be felt in the breast. Early treatment has the best chance of success.

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand women.

  • The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age.

  • Three-quarters of women who get it are over 50. Breast cancer is uncommon in women under 50.

  • For older women, breast screening using mammography (breast x-rays) followed by appropriate treatment is the best way of reducing the chance of dying from breast cancer.

If you live in Otago your Breast Screening provider is BreastScreen HealthCare; Dunedin Hospital, Ground Floor, Corner Fredrick and Cumberland Streets, Dunedin 

If you live in Southland your Breast Screening provider is BreastScreen HealthCare; Southland Hospital, Kew Road, Invercargill

To contact BreastScreen HealthCare Phone: 0800 270 200

The mobile breast screen unit visits rural towns regularly. The timetable of visits is regularly updated.