Breast screening

BreastScreen Aotearoa is a free national breast screening programme offering checks for women to detect early breast cancer and reduce the number of women who die from breast cancer.

Are you eligible for a free screening mammogram?

You can have a free screening mammogram every two years through BreastScreen Aotearoa if you meet the following conditions:

  • are aged 45–69 years
  • have no symptoms of breast cancer
  • have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months
  • are not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • are eligible for public health services in New Zealand.

If you meet the above criteria but have had breast cancer, you can re-enter BreastScreen Aotearoa five years from when your cancer was found.

What are the benefits of regular screening?

Screening does not stop you getting breast cancer, but it does reduce your chance of dying from it.

If you are aged under 50, screening reduces your chance of dying from breast cancer by about 30%. For women aged 65 to 69, it is reduced by about 45%.
 Speak with your doctor or nurse about the benefits of regular breast screening.

Find out more about BreastScreen Aotearoa