BreastScreen Australia aims to reduce illness and death resulting from breast cancer through organised screening of women. This report is the latest in an annual series that presents national statistics monitoring the program against performance indicators. Breast cancer mortality is at a historic low, at 43 deaths per 100,000 women.
The report, Breastscreen Australia monitoring report 2009-2010, shows that more than 1.3 million women in the target age group of 50-69 were screened in 2009-2010, a participation rate of 55% .
In 2009-2010, participation was highest in Outer regional areas (58.2%), and lowest in Very remote areas (47.2%).
The difference between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous women was greater, with 36% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women aged 50-69 having a screening mammogram in 2009-2010, compared with 55% of non-Indigenous women.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). In 2008, there were around 7,000 new cases diagnosed in Australian women aged 50-69 -this equates to around 19 women aged 50-69 diagnosed with this disease every day.