Breast screening looks for breast cancer before symptoms show. Finding breast cancer early gives you the best chance of successful treatment and survival.
Breast screening involves taking x-rays of the breast, which are called mammograms. At least two x-rays of each breast are taken.
Breast screening tests are offered every three years, to women aged from 50 up to their 70th birthday, and who are registered with a doctor.
People who are transgender or non-binary may need to have breast screening. To find out more, visit information for people who are transgender and non-binary.
Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow and build up to form a lump. This is also known as a tumour. As the cancer grows, cells can spread to other parts of the body. This can be life-threatening.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK, affecting one in seven women at some time in their lives.
The risk of getting breast cancer gets higher as you get older. About 4 out of 5 breast cancers are found in women over 50 years old.
Through finding cancer early and better treatments, people affected by cancer are living longer.
Taking part in breast screening when you are invited is something that you can do to look after your health.
Screening is important because it can find: