If you are aged between 50 and 70:
There has been a significant change in the way you book your breast screening examination.
Breast screening has now been resumed within the NHS; however, there has been a change in the way your appointment is arranged. THIS MONTH, ALL ELIGIBLE WOMEN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 50 AND 70 YEARS WILL BE SENT AN INVITATION LETTER. RATHER THAN BEING ALLOCATED AN APPOINTMENT, THE BREAST SCREENING SERVICE ARE NOW ASKING PATIENTS TO CONTACT THEM TO ARRANGE THEIR OWN. All instructions and contact details to do so will be highlighted in your invitation letter.
Scientific evidence shows that regular breast screening, between the ages of 50 and 70 years, reduces the death rate from breast cancer. The NHS Breast Screening Programme saves an estimated 1400 lives each year in England; therefore we must stress the importance of booking your appointment.
If you are aged 71 or above:
Breast screening self-referrals for women aged 71 years and over have currently been suspended due to the impact of COVID-19. The Breast Screening Service are therefore advising all women of this age to be ‘breast aware’ and to self-examine your breasts at least once a month.
If you have any concerns about any changes in your breasts, please contact the surgery and arrange to speak to a GP for further advice.
For more information, please visit the South Lancashire Breast Screening Service website.