Breast Screening

North London Breast Screening Service

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.