Ensure you self-check your breasts and know ‘normal’ and if you notice any changes contact your doctor immediately
BreastScreen Qld has highlighted the following key state-wide messages for clients and community.
BreastScreen Queensland has temporarily suspended routine breast screening due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
We understand the concerns about our service change. This was a difficult but necessary decision to safeguard the health of our clients, staff, and community.
All women with appointments will be notified directly. We will contact clients to reschedule appointments as soon as possible.
Please be assured that if you have recently had a breast screen you will receive your results as normal, through the post or your online account. BreastScreen Queensland remains open for those women who have been asked to return for additional tests.
Women are encouraged to remain aware of the normal look and feel of their breasts. If you notice any changes please contact your doctor immediately, do not wait until your next breast screen.
Breast changes to look out for include:
- a new lump or lumpiness, especially if it’s only in one breast
- a change in the size and shape of your breast
- a change to the nipple, such as crusting, an ulcer, redness or the nipple pulled in
- a discharge from your nipple that happens without squeezing the nipple
- a change in the skin of the breast such as redness or dimpling or puckered skin
- a pain that doesn’t go away.
This is a rapidly changing situation and we will keep you updated via our website (www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au) about when breast screening services will be available again.
We want to reassure the community that the closure is not due to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 at any of our clinics. The closure will help reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread in our community. It will also help to free up capacity in the health care system by making our clinicians available to support and respond to COVID-19.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call your local service on 13 20 50.
For more information about COVID-19 visit www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus.
We are sorry for the impact this change will have on our clients, and thank you for your patience and understanding. Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by this crisis. Please stay well and look after one another.