Breast screening 

CRUK information on breast screening

NHS breast screening (BSP) programme : detailed information

In England, breast screening is currently offered to women aged 50 up to their 71st birthday.

Condition screened for:

Breast cancer is a general term for cancer that begins in the breast. It is the most common type of cancer in the UK, where about 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. NHS.UK has more information on the:

  • symptoms of breast cancer
  • causes of breast cancer
  • treatment for breast cancer
Screening tests: Mammogram

Women invited for a breast screening have an X-rays (mammograms) at a clinic or mobile breast screening unit. A female mammographer carries out the mammogram.

NHS breast screening: helping you decide (English)

NHS breast screening: helping you decide (Various Languages)

Are you 71 or over? You can still have breast screening if you choose

If you are aged 71 or over, we do not automatically invite you for breast screening. However, you do have the right to free screening every 3 years if you ask. All you need to do is phone or write to your local breast screening unit to make an appointment.

Find your nearest breast screening unit