COVID-19 suspends BreastScreen SA services

Emily Cosenza

Women in South Australia in need of breast cancer screening will have to wait three months as BreastScreen SA temporarily suspends services to protect the health of clients and staff during the coronavirus outbreak.

All seven of the organisation's Adelaide metropolitan screening clinics, its assessment clinic and its three mobile screening units will be closed as a precaution.

Clients scheduled for a screening will have their appointments postponed while those who had a recent screen will get their results within two weeks.

BreastScreen SA General Manager Niamh Wade said services were in place to ensure women requiring assessment or further testing would be offered a suitable appointment.

"Once services resume, appointments will be prioritised for those women who will be due for their regular screening mammogram during the suspension period," Ms Wade said.

BreastScreen SA Clinical Director Dr Michelle Reintals said while the temporary closure would not negatively impact most women, all women were reminded to remain breast aware.

"This includes taking notice of the look and feel of your breasts, and if you notice something unusual," Dr Reintals said.

"Please see your GP as soon as possible to have it investigated."