Breast screening: What went wrong?

How does breast cancer screening work in England?
Breast screening aims to find cancer early by using an X-ray called a mammogram that can spot tumours when they’re too small to see or feel.

Around one-in-eight women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, and if it’s detected early treatment is more likely to be successful.

As the likelihood of getting breast cancer increases with age, women in the UK from the age of 50 who are registered with a GP are automatically invited for a screening with a letter every three years up until their 71st birthday.

Women can’t ask for an appointment themselves until they turn 70, when screening requests can be made every three years.


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