Get familiar with HealthPathways during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). Although survival rates continue to improve, with approximately 9 out of 10 women with invasive breast cancer surviving five or more years beyond diagnosis, breast cancer continues to be the most common cause of cancer death in women.

Unfortunately, breast cancer screening rates in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region are the second lowest in the state. October is the international Breast Cancer Awareness month and provides an opportunity to focus on the early detection, treatment, and support of patients affected with the condition.

It is also a good time to become familiar with the breast cancer screening pathway available on the Brisbane North HealthPathways website.

HealthPathways aims to assist GPs in their decision making at the point of care. By providing easy to access to current, evidence-based advice, HealthPathways also aims to improve patient outcomes and access to specialist services.

The breast cancer screening pathway has been developed in consultation with Breast Screen Queensland and Queensland Health’s Cancer Screening Unit. It clearly outlines indications and eligibility criteria for screening under the national breast cancer screening program as well as risk assessment, and referral process to services available in the region.

HealthPathways can be accessed online, please contact your PCLO or call 07 3630 7300 for login details.

To submit feedback or for further information please contact healthpathways@brisbanenorthphn.org.au.