Breast screening - Who can get screened?

All women aged between 50 and 70 are invited for breast screening every 3 years. You’ll get your first screening invitation sometime between your 50th and 53rd birthday.

Your risk of getting breast cancer goes up as you get older. About 4 out of 5 breast cancers are found in women over 50 years old. This is why screening is not offered to women under 50.

Your first invitation will be sent sometime between your 50th and 53rd birthdays. So if you’ve turned 50 recently and have not had an invitation yet, do not worry.

If you’re a transgender (trans) man registered with your GP as female, you’ll get offered breast screening. If you’re registered with your GP as male, you will not be offered breast screening. You can talk to your GP about whether you need screening.

If you’re a trans woman registered with your GP as female, you’ll get offered breast screening. If you’re registered with your GP as male, you will not be offered breast screening. You can talk to your GP about whether you need screening.

If you missed your appointment, speak to your local breast screening unit by calling the number on your invitation letter.

What is breast screening?
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