Breast cancer screening
All women aged between 50 and 71 who are registered with a GP will be invited for breast cancer screening every 3 years. It involves taking X-rays of your breasts (mammograms) to see if there are any changes or signs of cancer before they can be seen or felt. This will be done by a female mammographer.
There are two breast screening services in north east London. The inner London service provides screening for residents of City and Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest and the outer London service provides screening for women in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge.
More information about the breast screening services can be found here.
Further information about breast screening can be found by following these links:
- NHS; Breast Cancer Screening
- Cancer Research UK; Breast Cancer Screening
- Macmillan; Breast Cancer Screening
- Breast Cancer Now; Screening
Breast Cancer Screening; north east London: https://youtu.be/CkMOOA0RTl4
Breast Screening is an essential activity
Please note that breast screening appointments are deemed as essential activity and therefore exempt from restrictions on movements imposed during lockdown.
Breast screening is important in preventing and detecting breast cancer. It offers a significant opportunity for early detection which increases the chances of recovery and reduces the need for aggressive treatments like chemotherapy.
Breast screening units across London have put much in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19 to keep you safe. Access to screening services is also easier as you can have your appointment on days and times of your own choosing.
For further information and guidance on essential activities, visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home#stay-at-home