Early Detection of breast cancer is the best way of ensuring the correct treatment as early as possible. Screening Mammograms are recommended for women from aged 50-74, every two years, through Breast Screen. Appointments can be made by self-referral on 13 2050.
Women aged 40-49 can also have mammography but screening is less effective in this age group because the density of the breast tissue makes it more difficult to detect a cancer. Regular breast self examination is the best way of knowing what is normal for you. Check regularly for symptoms like lumps, dimples, discharge or discolouration and if you notice any changes, please discuss these with us.
For further information please visit: www.breastscreen.nsw.gov.au
The cervical screening test replaced the Pap smear in December of 2017 and now the cells from the cervix will be tested for Human Papilloma Virus as the first test. The experience of having a cervical screening test is exactly the same as having a pap test. The screening will take place every 5 years and start at the age of 25. This is safe because cervical cancer is very rare in young women. Women will have their last cervical screening test between 70 and 74. HPV vaccination prevents some types of HPV but not all, and so cervical screening is still necessary.
For further information please visit: www.cancerscreening.gov.au
Implanon is a small flexible progesterone-containing rod which is inserted under the skin of the inner upper arm. The progesterone hormone is slowly released in order to prevent pregnancy for up to three years.
It works by preventing ovulation and by thickening the cervical mucous preventing the passage of sperm. It is a very effective form of contraception and the return to fertility is rapid, once removed. Usually, it decreases menstrual losses and is subsidised by the PBS making it a very cost effective form of contraception.
Our doctors are skilled at inserting and removing Implanon contraceptive implants. A prescription is required to pick it up from your pharmacy prior to insertion. A small fee is charged for this procedure in addition to the consultation fee, in order to cover the cost of single use only instruments for insertion and removal.
If you think this contraceptive method is right for you please make an appointment with one of our doctors to discuss.
Alternatively visit www.fpnsw.org.au for further information and contraceptive fact sheets.