About one in seven women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. There’s a good chance of recovery if it’s detected in its early stages.
Breast screening aims to find breast cancers early. It uses an X-ray test called a mammogram that can spot cancers when they are too small to see or feel.
For more information on breast screening visit the NHS pages.
As the risk of developing breast cancer increases with age, all women who are aged 50-71 and registered with a GP are automatically invited for breast cancer screening every three years. You will first be invited for screening between your 50th and 53rd birthday. If you are over 70 you will not be automatically invited for screening, however you can still have breast screening if you want and will need to contact the Breast Screening Service to book an appointment. For more information on breast cancer screening locally.