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About breast screening

What is Breast Screening

Breast Screening (Mammography) is an x-ray examination of the breasts and is a method of finding breast cancer at an early stage.

The Mammogram

The mammogram is a low dose x-ray. Each breast is placed in turn on the x-ray machine and then gently but firmly compressed. Two views are taken of each breast at every screen. Compression is needed to keep the breast still and to get the clearest picture with the lowest amount of radiation.

Why we Screen

One in eight women will develop breast cancer at some time in their life. 80% of breast cancers occur in women over 50. The risk of breast cancer rises as women get older. The latest research shows the NHS Breast Screening Programme is now saving 1400 lives every year in England.

Who we screen

Once every three years your GP practice will be contacted and all women at the GP practice between the ages of 50 and 70 will be routinely invited. Not every woman will receive an appointment as soon as she is 50. You will receive your first appointment before your 53rd birthday. Note that it is essential you are registered with your GP practice. .

Women under 50 or over 70

Please see Frequently Asked questions