The NHS breast screening programme
The breast screening programme is a routine X-ray examination of the breast. Breast screening can detect very small cancers. Small cancers are usually at a very early stage and are more easily treated.
All women between 50 and 70 are eligible for breast screening once every three years. Breast screening for women over 70 years is available upon request. Please call 0115 993 6649 to arrange this. The Nottingham Breast Service has started the first phase of the extended breast screening programme for women aged between 47 and 73 years.
Family history breast screening
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If you have implants you will normally be able to have a mammogram, but please inform the screening adminstration staff beforehand.
Pregnant or breast feeding
Please rebook your screening appointment a minimum of three months after giving birth and a minimum of three months after stopping breast feeding.
Invitations for routine screening
The breast screening service invites women by GP practice, so the first invitation may not be received in the year women turn 50. All women registered with a doctor will be invited before their 53rd birthday. Appointments for screening may be offered at one of the following:
- Breast Institute, City Hospital
- Ropewalk House, in the centre of Nottingham
- Mobile screening unit which visits areas distant from Nottingham City
The letter of invitation will include:
- A leaflet about breast screening
- A map of the location
- The date and time of appointment
Attending for routine breast screening
Your mammogram will be performed by one of the radiographic team. The staff performing your mammogram will be female.
A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. At least two pictures will be taken of each breast. Mammograms only take a few minutes to complete.
You will receive your result in the post within three weeks. If you have not heard from us within three weeks please contact us on 0115 993 6649.
Attending for a second visit for breast screening
Some women may be asked to come for a second visit. All second visits will take place at the Breast Institute, normally on a Wednesday morning.
It may be necessary to have another mammogram or one or two tests during this visit. When you arrive for this visit a specialist team will explain what will happen and keep you informed at all stages.