Breast screening registers operate in each state and territory. Registers keep a confidential record of test results and provide a valuable, voluntary and confidential backup system. Women’s details automatically go on a breast screening register, unless they specifically ask not to be included. The registers have an important role in data collection and quality control for the BreastScreen Australia program by:
- collecting screening histories of individual women
- providing health practitioners with results of previous abnormal tests so that a more detailed evaluation can be done
- sending reminders to women overdue for routine screening
- providing Australia-wide data on the epidemiology and natural history of pre-cancerous lesions.
Contact your state or territory BreastScreen Australia for information about breast screening registers or call 13 20 50.