Information about Breast Screening and our Services
The NHS Breast Screening Service aims to invite all women aged 50 - 70 years 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 NHS Breast Screening Programme saves an estimated 1400 lives each year in England.
The aim of breast screening is to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage, often before you are 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 and 70 years, reduces the death rate from breast cancer.
The South Lancashire Breast Screening Service, part of the NHS Breast Screening Service, provides a high quality, efficient and friendly breast service to the population of South Lancashire. We currently invite more than 86,000 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. This may be in a hospital, clinic or our mobile digital breast screening vehicle.
We are a modern unit with full field digital mammography equipment. Digital equipment produces images instantly rather than waiting for x-ray films to be developed, and improves the accuracy of diagnosis through more detailed images.
The NHS Breast Screening Programme is subject to monitoring by the Quality Assurance Reference Centre (QARC). It ensures rigorous quality assurance standards are maintained.
Aged over 70
The screening programme 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.
Download the official NHS Breast Screening Programme Extending the screening age range leaflet.
Changing your appointment
If you already have an appointment but would like to change it, please contact us to discuss rearranging your appointment to a convenient date or location.
NHS Breast Screening – Helping You Decide
If you have questions about NHS Breast Screening services, please download and read the NHS Breast Screening – Helping You Decide advice leaflet.
NHS Choices guide to breast screening video wall
Follow the link below for a selection of videos that provide a guide to breast screening for anyone with a learning disability. They explain why it is necessary and what will happen when you go for your screening.
View the NHS Choices Breast Screening Video Wall