PLEASE NOTE: Do not refer patients with an abnormal examination for routine mammograms. Patients sent for a routine mammogram must have a normal clinical examination. Patients with an abnormal clinical examination must be referred to the Breast Clinic.
The maximum wait for routine mammograms is 12 weeks. The current capacity only allows for 15 patients per week for routine mammograms. If no dates are available, all the available slots have been used. 5 New slots should become available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. (All the slots for 2022 have been filled currently and new slots for 2023 will only be available from the beginning of October)
Routine mammograms are not offered to patients at Groote Schuur Hospital unless:
They have a first-degree family history (mother or sibling) of breast cancer
They have a lifetime risk score of between 20 - 30% on the IBIS breast risk calculator IBIS breast risk assessment tool. You can access the tool by clicking on the image below. These patients should have a 2 yearly mammogram.
(If the risk is > 30% please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
for a referral to the high-risk breast clinic)
They are started on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), these patients should have a 2-3 yearly mammogram while on treatment.
They have had previous breast cancer, these patients should have a 2 yearly mammogram for at least 5 - 10 years after treatment.
They are older than 40 years and have unilateral focal breast pain not responding to a trial of NSAIDS and follow-up.
They must be over 40 years of age, we do mammograms from 35 years only if the family history has members with breast cancer at an early age.
They should not have had a recent normal mammogram (within the last year)
Remember there are only a limited number of slots available for mammograms. Groote Schuur has the only mammogram machine to serve the whole of the Western Cape Town Metro as well as the West Coast Region. The more inappropriate referrals the longer the waiting time for patients that would benefit the most.