I haven't been called for breast screening even though I'm over 50 do I need to contact anyone?

The NHS Breast Screening Programme is a rolling one, which calls women from doctors' practices in turn. This means not every woman receives her invitation as soon as she is 50. It will be sometime between the ages of 50 and 53.

In some parts of England, if you are aged 47-49, you could also be invited to screening as part of the trialextension of the breast screening programme.

If you are registered with a GP and the practice has your correct details, you will automatically receive an invitation. You don't need to contact anyone but you might like to ask your surgery when the women on their list are next due for screening.

It is not aimed at women who already have symptoms.

If you have found something that worries you, don't wait to be offered screening see your GP. He or she will decide whether or not you need to be referred for further investigations or treatment.

Why doesn't this happen in the UK?

A large research trial in 2002 concluded that the NHS Breast Screening Programme has got the interval between screening and invitations about right at three years, compared with more frequent screening. The trial was organised through the United Kingdom Coordinating Committee on Cancer Research (UKCCCR) and was supported by the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK and the Department of Health.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 30 Nov 2016