Who We Screen
We screen women aged 50 - 70
All women between 50 and 70 years who are registered with a GP are eligible for screening. A list is compiled from GP records, so it is important to make sure your details are correct.
The invitation is sent out automatically, so there is no need to phone and make your own appointment. All women will receive their first invitation for a mammogram sometime between their 50th and 53rd birthdays.
We invite doctor’s practices for screening in turn, so women will not necessarily get their invitation in the year that they turn 50. As long as you are registered with a GP, you will receive an invitation before your 53rd birthday.
Women over 70
Women over 70 are encouraged to make their own appointment by contacting the breast screening service.
Please remember that anyone of any age with concerns about their breasts should contact their GP immediately.
Age Extension Pilot Study
In 2007, the Department of Health's Cancer Reform Strategy announced that from 2012 the NHS Breast Screening Programme would be extended to include women between the ages of 47 and 73. This means that all women will get two extra screening invitations in their lifetime. It also means that all women will get their first screening invitation before their 50th birthday.
Find out about the Breast Screening Age Extension Study