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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

The age range of screening was extended for some women April 2009. This is being phased in so that eventually all women between 47 and 73 years who are registered with a GP will be invited for screening. A list is compiled from GP records, so it is important to make sure your details are correct at your GP practice.
The invitation is sent out automatically. Currently all women will receive their first invitation for a mammogram sometime between their 49th and 53rd birthdays.

Women under 50 or over 70

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