Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister Katy Gallagher revealed that the number of women opting for breast cancer screening has increased by 30 percent in last year.
According to figures, there were 13,937 breast screens performed during the financial year until May, up from 3,246 screenings from previous year. Ms Gallagher said that one of the reasons for the rise in screenings could be because of hiring two extra radiologists.
The introduction of digital mammography machines have also helped in reducing the waiting time for the patients with nearly 70 percent of women waiting for the target 28 days for screening, up from 23 percent from last year.
"Breast screening is an important aspect of women's health. I'm pleased more ACT women have been able to make use of this service and I encourage others to ensure they use this service", she said.