Women between the ages of 50 and 70, registered with a GP, are offered breast screening (called a mammogram) every 3 years as part of a national breast screening programme.

Breast screening saves lives. It can detect breast cancer before there are any signs or symptoms of the disease. The sooner breast cancer is diagnosed the sooner treatment can start.

Women of any age should also check their breasts monthly for any changes.

See your GP if you notice the following changes:

  • a change in the size, outline or shape of your breast
  • a change in the look or feel of your skin, such as puckering or dimpling
  • a new lump, thickening or bumpy area in one breast or armpit that is different from the same area on the other side
  • nipple discharge that’s not milky
  • bleeding from your nipple
  • a moist, red area on your nipple that doesn’t heal easily
  • any change in nipple position, such as your nipple being pulled in or pointing differently
  • a rash on or around your nipple
  • any discomfort or pain in one breast, particularly if it’s a new pain and doesn’t go away (although pain is only a symptom of breast cancer in rare cases)


Always speak with your GP if you are concerned

Remember most breast changes are not due to cancer. However, if you notice changes in your breast that you haven’t seen before let your doctor know as soon as possible.


Click here for information on how to check your breasts.


Women under 50 years are not invited for routine screening unless they have a heightened risk of developing breast cancer. Speak with you GP if you are concerned about this.

Women over 70 are not sent routine invitations but can request an appointment if they haven’t been screened within the last 3 years, at one of the local screening venues. For an appointment call 020 3758 2024 or email


Important notice

Some women aged between 70 and 79 are being offered a breast screen as a result of them not receiving an invitation for a final screen, as part of the routine NHS Breast Screening Programme.

Public Health England, the NHS and the Department of Health and social care are very sorry this has happened and we are now offering the opportunity for a further screen. All affected women registered with a GP will be written to by the end of May with further information.

A free helpline is also available: 0800 169 2692.

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