Breast Test Wales

Breast Test Wales

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

How Accurate is Breast Screening?
Mammograms are the most efficient way of detecting breast cancer early. However they will not pick up all breast  cancer.  The reason is that some cancers are very difficult to see on mammograms and are not always seen by the person reading the mammogram and some cancers cannot be seen at all.
All of the mammograms are looked at (or read) by at least two specialists.

Women at increased risk of breast cancer because of a family history may benefit from screening at an earlier age.
Whatever age you are, if you are worried about any breast problem, please contact your doctor, who may refer you to your local hospital breast clinic.
When Women are Recalled
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.
Most of the changes which show up on a mammogram are not cancer and most women we call back to assessment clinic at our centre in Swansea.
When will you be invited for screening?
Eligible women from our surgery will be invited in turn every three years.  You can find out when women from your surgery who are aged 50-70 will be invited for screening by contacting your local Breast Screening Centre.

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.

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