Breast Screening Information
Who is invited?
All Women aged 50-70 are invited for Breast Screening every 3 years.
What does the test involve?
Breast screening uses an X-ray test called a mammogram to check for any signs of cancer- including those that are too small to see or feel. It is done by trained female staff and the whole appointment takes about 15 minutes. X-rays are taken from the side and above the breast. You will need to undress from the waist up so wearing trousers or a skirt is easier than a dress.
What does having a Mammogram feel like?
Having a mammogram can be uncomfortable for a short time but not usually painful.
Breast Screening Results
You will receive a letter with your results within 2 weeks of your appointment. Most women get a normal result.If you are called back for more tests, you may have a breast examination, ultrasound scans and a biopsy (small sample taken with a needle for checking with a microscope).
What are Symptoms of Breast Cancer?
- Breast lump or thickening
- Change in the nipple, or abnormal discharge
- Change in appearance of the breast
- Pain in the breast or armpit
- Swelling or lump in armpit
If you have these changes, please book an appointment to see the doctor.
What can I do to reduce my Risk?
- Breast feeding
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Limiting alcohol (<14 units/week)
- Regular physical activity (150 minutes/ week of moderate exercise)
- Stopping smoking
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