BreastScreen Tasmania commenced in 1993. BreastScreen is government funded to provide free screening mammograms every two years. The target population is women aged 50-69, however, all women over the age of 40 are eligible to attend. In 2002-03, some 22,204 women were screened, and in 2003-04, some 22,421 women were screened. In 2002-03, some 58.9% of the Tasmanian female target population participated in breast screening.
In 2003, invasive cancers and ductal carcinomas in situ were detected in 99.8 Tasmanian women per 10,000 of the target population screened, in the first round of screening.
(Source: Report on Government Services, 2005)