Breast Health

By Dr Ruth McNair. Updated 13th October 2014

All women need to be familiar with their own breasts and check regularly for any changes. Women with same sex partners often work together to check each other’s breasts and remind each other to do so. Unfortunately, more lesbians than heterosexual women are likely to have risks for breast cancer including smoking, being overweight and not having had a pregnancy. This makes it even more important to have mammograms every two years from the age of 50.

Resources:

Breastscreen program
This is a free, government funded program encouraging women between 50 and 69 years of age to have regular screening mammograms: http://www.breastscreen.info.au/

Breastscreen Victoria are implementing specific training for their providers to be LBT sensitive.