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NHS Breast Screening

About 1 in 8 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.

If it's detected early, treatment is more successful and there's a good chance of recovery.

Breast screening aims to find breast cancers early. It uses an X-ray test called a mammogram that can spot cancers when they're too small to see or feel.

When it's offered

Women in England who are aged from 50 to their 71st birthday and registered with a GP are automatically invited for screening every 3 years.

Screening and mammography for breast cancer is part of the NHS screening programme and you should be contacted shortly after turning 50yrs of age.

However, if you are not yet 50 but have a family history of breast cancer or any new suspicious features, then we will assess you and refer you appropriately.

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Women are sent an appointment with the option to telephone and re-arrange the time if necessary.

Women over 70 can still be screened but only if they telephone to arrange an appointment.

The breast screening website allows patients to access further information about screening and check when their GP practice is next due to be screened.

There is also general information about screening & frequently asked questions.

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