About breast screening

The NHS Breast Screening Programme began in 1988. It aims to invite all women aged 50 - 70 years for breast screening once every three years.Nationally the programme screens over 2 million women each year and diagnoses about 16,500 breast cancers annually.

The screening programme also offers women over 70 a free breast screen every three years. If you are over 70 you may not be sent an invitation but are encouraged to call the unit to make an appointment that suits you.

The aim of breast screening is to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage, often before the woman is aware of any problem. Early detection may mean simpler and more successful treatment. Scientific evidence shows that regular breast screening, between the ages of 50 - 70 years, reduces the death rate from breast cancer. See the NHS Breast Screening Programme for more details.

To enable women to be screened closer to home, breast screening is carried out at a number of sites across the region.

The NHS Breast Screening Programme is subject to monitoring by the Screening Quality Assurance Service (SQAS). It ensures rigorous quality assurance standards are maintained.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Our mobile vans are open with restrictions in place. Understand how we are working in line with Government guidance.

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Manage your appointment

If you have been asked to book an appointment or would like to change it, we will be very happy to arrange this for you.

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Where we screen.

We screen at various convenient places across the region.

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FAQs

For a selection of answers to frequently asked questions, please click here

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