The new centre is expected to screen more than 5000 women in its first year of operation – a 40 per cent increase on the former BreastScreen NSW site in Hornsby.
While opening the centre, NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner encouraged all women aged over 50 to undergo a screening mammogram every two years.
“One in nine women in NSW will develop breast cancer in their lifetime,” Mrs Skinner said. “And we know that these women have a strong chance of survival if the cancer is detected early.”
The centre is located in the former Lindsay Madew Unit at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital, which underwent a $4 million renovation.
BreastScreen NSW offers free mammograms to women aged 50 to 74. Women can register by visiting www.bsnsw.org.au or calling 13 20 50.