BreastScreen Queensland Townsville Service provides quality, free breast-cancer screening services throughout the Townsville and Mount Isa Health Services, and the Bowen and Collinsville communities of the Mackay Hospital and Health Service.
BreastScreen Queensland recommends that women aged 50 -74 years without signs or symptoms of breast cancer have a breast screen (screening mammogram) every two years. Women in their 40s and those 75 years and over are also eligible to attend for free.
As well as breast cancer screening for eligible women, BreastScreen Queensland Townsville also provides recall and follow-up assessment, referral to specialists, information, support, health education and counselling. The service can also provide a speaker for community groups on breast cancer awareness and breast cancer screening services, as well as manned information displays at community events.
After-hours screening is also available.
Our service is based in Townsville at Domain Central, Duckworth Street, Garbutt and a mobile service visits the following areas on a one or two-yearly basis:
- Charters Towers
- Fairfield Waters
- Julia Creek
- Magnetic Island
- Mount Isa
- Northern Beaches
- North Ward
- Palm Island
- Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service (TAIHS), Garbutt
- Upper Ross PCYC, Kelso
While the service primarily targets women aged 50 to 74 years, women aged 40 and over are welcome to have a screening.
GPs, health workers and medical centres may also give clients a recommendation form to attend BreastScreen Queensland.