Breast Screening

The National Breast Screening Programme was introduced in 1988 as an early detection service for breast cancer. It states that all women who are aged between 50 – 70 years of age will be routinely invited for free breast screening every three years. The programme is very successful and currently saves around 1,400 lives per year.

In addition to women between the ages of 50-70 years of age, women aged 47 to 49 or 71 to 73 will be randomly selected for invitation as part of the national breast screening age extension trial.  Those not selected for invitation are able to self-refer by telephoning the HUB on 0203 758 2024.  Women aged 74 or over can also self-refer once every three years.

Breast screening aims to find breast cancer at an early stage, often before there are any symptoms. To do this, an x-ray is taken of each breast (mammogram). Early detection may often mean simpler and more successful treatment. When women are invited for their mammogram depends on which GP they are registered with, not when their birthday is.

The screening office runs a rolling programme which invites women by area. The requirement is that all women will receive their first invitation before their 53rd birthday, but ideally when they are 50.  If you are under 50 and concerned about any aspect of breast care, please contact the surgery to make an appointment with your GP.

Broadmead Surgery patient’s will be seen by The West of London Breast Screening Service at Hanwell Medical Centre, 20 Church Road, Hanwell, London, W7 1DR.

How to find the Breast Screening Unit:

Enter the Centre through the main entrance.  Either take the lift (on the right) or the stairwell (on the left) to the 2nd floor.  From the lift, turn right, go through the door and walk down the corridor to the Breast Screening Reception Area, which will be on your left.  From the stairs, exit the stairwell and turn left.  Walk past the lift and through the door, continuing down the corridor to the Breast Screening Reception Area, which will be on your left.

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Updated February 2019

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