Routine breast screening is offered to all women aged 50 up to their 71st birthday, however there are currently some parts of the screening programme which have been suspended, for example where some older and younger women were being invited as part of a study and the option for ladies to request a screening appointment once they no longer receive one automatically after their 71st birthday.
Please continue to be breast aware and if you have any concerns, please contact your GP as soon as possible.
For our dedicated Breast Screening Service website click here.
Breast screening in the region began in 1991 and we currently invite more than 70,000 women from the region for breast screening.
To enable women to be screened closer to home, breast screening is carried out at a number of sites across the region.
The local breast screening service has its own dedicated website with further information and questions and answers on all aspects of screening. You can find it at www.whsthkbss.nhs.uk
What is the Breast Screening Programme?
The NHS Breast Screening Programme began in 1988. It aims to invite all women aged 50 years up to their 71st birthday for breast screening once every three years. Nationally the programme screens 1.3 million women each year and diagnoses about 10,000 breast cancers annually. The screening programme also offers women over 70 a free breast screen every three years. These women will not be sent an invitation but are encouraged to call the unit to make an appointment that suits them.
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 years up to their 71st birthday, reduces the death rate from breast cancer. Currently the NHS Breast Screening Programme saves an estimated 1400 lives each year in England.