Breast screening

Many services that were paused during the initial COVID-19 outbreak have now resumed.

One such service is the self-referral for breast screening by women over the age of 70. Women aged 50 to 70 are routinely screened for breast cancer, but they can continue to receive routine screening every 3 years if they are 71 and over, by referring themselves to the Breast Screening Unit on 01204 390454.

It is really important that you attend screening appointments when invited. If you receive a letter, please call the Breast Screening Unit to make an appointment. All our screening centres have COVID safety measures in place. All staff wear appropriate PPE, machines are disinfected after every mammogram and appointments have been spaced apart to ensure social distancing measures can be adhered to.

If you have any symptoms at the time of your appointment, please do not attend, and call to reschedule.

No matter what age you are, if you notice any of the following symptoms you must contact your GP:

  • a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
  • discharge from either of your nipples, which may be streaked with blood
  • a lump or swelling in either of your armpits
  • dimpling on the skin of your breasts
  • a rash on or around your nipple
  • a change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast

If you’re over the age of 70 and you are concerned about symptoms, you can contact your GP and they may refer you for further checks.

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