1 in 7 women will develop breast cancer at some time in their life. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK –around 150 cases are diagnosed every day. There are around 11,400 breast cancer deaths in the UK every year. 78% of women however survive breast cancer for 10 or more years. 1,400 deaths a year are prevented by the National Breast Screening Programme – Breast Screening saves Lives. The National Breast Screening Programme covers women between 50 & 71 years of age. Every 3 years GP Practices are selected and eligible women who are registered with that practice will be invited to make an appointment for breast screening via letter. Women over the age of 71 can self-refer every 3 years.
Watch our film on what to expect when you come along for your breast screening appointment: