London Breast Screening

About breast screening

The NHS Breast Screening Programme began in 1988. It aims to invite all women aged 50 - 70 years for breast screening once every three years.Nationally the programme screens over 2 million women each year and diagnoses about 16,500 breast cancers annually.

The screening programme also offers women over 70 a free breast screen every three years. If you are over 70 you may not be sent an invitation but are encouraged to call the unit to make an appointment that suits you.

The aim of breast screening is to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage, often before the woman is 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 - 70 years, reduces the death rate from breast cancer. See the NHS Breast Screening Programme for more details.

To enable women to be screened closer to home, breast screening is carried out at a number of sites across the region.

A research study is currently taking place across England that is looking at the potential risks and benefits of extending breast screening to women who are slightly younger or older than the current age group. In this area, half of the women aged 47 to 49 and half of the women aged 71 to 73 are being randomly selected and invited for screening. This will enable researchers to compare over the following years, for each separate age range, those women invited for screening and those women in the groups not invited for screening. Any women who accepts the invitation will be screened in the normal way. Women in these age groups that are not invited can ask to be screened.

The NHS Breast Screening Programme is subject to monitoring by the Quality Assurance Reference Centre (SQAS). It ensures rigorous quality assurance standards are maintained.



Latest news including information for women who are worried that they may have missed an invitation for screening.


Change your appointment


If you already have an appointment, but would like to change it, we will be very happy to arrange this for you.

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Where we screen.


We screen at various convenient places across the region.

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