Breast screening is a method of detecting breast cancer at a very early stage. The first step involves an x-ray of each breast - a mammogram - which is taken while carefully compressing the breast. Most women find it a bit uncomfortable and a few can find it painful. The mammogram can detect small changes in breast tissue which may indicate cancers which are too small to be felt either by the woman herself or by a doctor.
All women aged between 50 - 70 are invited for breast screening once every three years. As women are invited when we screen their GP practice, they could be nearing their 53rd birthday before we call them for the first time, depending on where their surgery is on the screening programme. Screening is for people without symptoms. If you are concerned about any symptoms, please contact your GP.
Age extension for women aged 47 - 49 and 71- 73
The age extension trials which are now ongoing in our area (until 2016), will not affect women aged 50 - 70. In order for the effectiveness of the age extension to be evaluated, the female population that falls within the extended screening ages will be randomised. Around half of the women aged 47-49 and 71-73 in this area will be selected at random to receive screening invitations. Anyone who is randomised out can ring in for an appointment at the time their surgery is being screened.
Appointments Line: 01536 491318/19
General Enquiries: 01536 493517 / 01536 493572
Safehaven Fax: 01536 493516
Proposed dates for breast screening by practice 2013-2016
For more information and screening leaflets (available in different formats and languages) - www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/breastscreen/index
Age extension trials, and for copies of the leaflet (available in several languages) - www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/breastscreen/future-developments