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Key messages about the screening programme


Don’t ignore your breast screening - it could save your life.

  • Women aged 50 to 70 are invited for a breast X-ray every three years.
  • Screening can find cancers when they are too small to see or feel. Finding and treating cancer early gives you the best chance of survival.
  • Breast screening is a free NHS test that is carried out at screening centres and accessible mobile units across Wales.
  • When we are screening women from your GP practice, we will send you an appointment letter and information leaflet. You will receive your first invitation before your 53rd birthday.
  • A breast x-ray test called a mammogram is used to look for signs of cancer.
  • Screening will miss some cancers, and some cancers cannot be cured.
  • Taking part in breast screening is your choice. Read the information leaflet carefully to help you make your decision.

What you can do?

  • Take part in screening every three years, even if you have had a previous normal result.
  • Get to know how your breasts normally look and feel. If you notice any changes it is important that you visit your GP.
  • Breast cancer can run in families. If you are worried about your risk speak to your GP.