According to the 'Healthcare in Focus 2016' report from the Bureau of Health Information (BHI), which assesses the standard of accessibility, appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare services in OECD countries, just over half of Australians between the ages of 50 and 69 were deemed to be receiving adequate breast screening -- below the overall OECD country average.
The report, which bases the appropriateness of healthcare services on whether the "right care" is given in the "right way" as per evidence-based models of care, found Australia to be behind 14 other OECD countries including New Zealand, Finland, Iceland and South Korea when it came to breast cancer scanning services.
The statistic, which comes ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, highlights a worrying trend for Australians who may not be adequately prepared when it comes to breast awareness.
McGrath Foundation mission programs director, Jane Mahony, said in a statement that it is crucial for Australians to be as breast aware as they can in order to have the best chance of effective treatment for possible cancers.
It's important that people take responsibility for their breast health by educating themselves to improve confidence, knowledge and behaviour to improve health outcomes for current and future generations." Although breast cancer is typically a disease affecting women, men can get it too.