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Breast screening

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What is breast screening?

Breast screening aims to find breast cancers early. There's a good chance of recovery if it's detected in its early stages.

Who is the breast screening for?

As the likelihood of getting breast cancer increases with age, all women who are aged 50-70 and registered with a GP are automatically invited for breast cancer screening every three years. Read more at NHS Choices - Breast cancer screening when it's offered (opens in a new window).

Why have the screening?

Read why to have the breast screening at GOV.UK - Breast screening: helping women decide (opens in a new window).

How is the screening done?

Breast cancer screening uses an X-ray test called a mammogram that can spot cancers when they are too small to see or feel. To find out what happens in the breast cancer screening visit at NHS Choices - Breast cancer screening (opens in a new window).

About breast cancer

About one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. For this reason, it's vital that women check their breasts regularly for any changes and always get any changes examined by their GP. If you want to have information on breast cancer visit NHS Choices - Breast cancer (opens in a new window).