Breast Cancer Screening

Breast Cancer Screening

If you think you would benefit from leaflets about screening that are easier to read and understand, with useful pictures to help explain it, please click on the links below for more information.

Download: Breast Cancer Screening: An Easy Guide (PDF)

Approximately 1 in 8 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. Evidence shows that the earlier breast cancer is detected and treated, the better the long-term outcome. Breast cancer is also more common as women get older. This is why there is a programme offering women over 50 regular screening of their breasts.

The Breast Screening Programme invites women between 50 and 71 every 3 years for a mammogram. You can be invited for your first mammogram any time between age 50 and 53. A Mammogram is a special X-ray which is taken of both breasts separately, to check for any signs of possible breast cancer, such as a lump that cannot be felt from outside. Here is a link to a video showing how a mammogram is taken:

If your results come back normal, you will be invited back for another one in 3 years time. If it is not normal however, you may be invited back for another mammogram or other tests. 1 in 25 women are called back after their first mammogram; it is important to understand that an abnormal mammogram does not mean you definitely have breast cancer, but that you may benefit from further tests to investigate.

Breast Screening does come with some risks, and it is important to consider them before deciding to have it. Below is a link explaining the risks and benefits of Breast Screening:

Below is a link to answers to other questions about breast screening you may have:

If you think you have symptoms that might be Breast Cancer, please call the Practice to discuss this with a GP. Do not wait for your mammogram appointment if you think you’re due for one soon. A GP can examine and refer you on if the think you need it.