What is breast screening?
The National Health Service Breast Screening Programme invites all women registered with a GP who are aged 47 70 for examination to detect breast cancers.
The first step of breast screening is a mammogram, which will be performed by a female radiographer or practitioner. The mammogram can detect small changes in breast tissue which may indicate cancers which are too small to be felt by the woman or by her doctor.
When will I be screened?
If you are aged 47 70 and registered with a GP surgery, you will automatically receive an invitation for breast screening every 3 years.
I have just received my invitation letter. Now what happens?
Please read your invitation letter carefully. It contains information on when and where your appointment is. It also gives important instructions regarding your mammogram.
Women who have a physical or learning disability are asked to contact the screening unit on 01603 287777 or at the address shown on the invitation letter. A special appointment will be arranged at either the screening units at either Norwich Community hospital or Cromer hospital, where there is wheelchair access, provision for a supporter to accompany the woman if she wishes, and more time can be allowed than is possible on a mobile screening unit.
Please also contact the screening unit if you have breast implants. You can still have a mammogram and your appointment won't need to be changed. It is simply easier for the staff if they are aware ahead of time.
For your screening appointment, we kindly ask all women to refrain from wearing SPRAY deodorant, talc powder or moisturiser on your breasts and under your arms. Thank you.
Where will I be screened?I am aged over 70. Am I still entitled to breast screening?
Automatic appointments are not sent out to women over 70, but you are more than welcome to attend for Breast Screening every 3 years. Please call the screening office on 01603 287777 to make an appointment at any one of our screening sites.
I have just received my invitation for breast screening. What should I expect?When will I get my results?
You should receive your results to your home address within 2-3 weeks.
The mammogram will be read by two qualified film readers.
You may need to be recalled to the second stage of breast screening if a lesion is identified on your initial mammograms. If this is necessary, you will receive a letter with another appointment to the assessment clinic.
This assessment would possibly involve further mammograms, an examination with a doctor and a breast ultrasound.
Please be aware that if you are recalled, it may not mean you have breast cancer.