About Breast Screening
What is Breast Screening?
Breast screening looks for breast cancer before symptoms show. This involves taking mammograms, which are x-rays of the breast. At least two mammograms of each breast are taken.
Why is Breast Screening Important?
If we find breast cancer at an early stage, treatment has the greatest chance of being successful. The breast screening programme is only for women aged over 50. This is because the risk of developing breast cancer increases with age. Breast cancer affects one in nine women in Wales at some time in their lives
All of the mammograms are looked at (or read) by at least two specialists.
We ask about one in every 20 women that we screen to come to one of our assessment clinics because more tests are needed. These tests may include more mammograms, a clinical examination, an ultrasound scan and possibly a needle biopsy. Women may also be recalled as a result of technical problems.
Who is screened?
- All women of 50 years of age and over are eligible for breast screening.
- Women aged between 50 to 70 are invited automatically.
- Women may be 52 years of age by the time they receive their first appointment.
- Breast Test Wales aims to offer screening every three years.
Women are identified from their GPs’ lists so it is important that your doctor always has your correct name and address. [please note eligibility for screening]
Omen are invited from our practice in turn. You will not necessarily get your invitation in the year that you turn 50. As long as you are registered with a doctor, we will invite you for breast screening before your 53rd birthday
Women aged over 70 years may ask Breast Test Wales for an appointment every three years by getting in touch with their local Breast Test Wales screening centre.
Women aged between 50 and 70 who are being followed up at a hospital breast clinic will still receive an invitation from Breast Test Wales unless they ask us to stop sending them.