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Your results

We aim to send out your results letter by post within 3 weeks of your appointment. Your doctor will also receive a copy of your results.

If your x-ray shows no further tests are needed, you will be invited to come for screening again in three years’ time.

Some people will be asked to have another breast x-ray before a result can be given. This is because the images were not clear. We will tell you if this is the reason.

You will be invited to come for screening up until the age of 70. If you are aged 70 or over, you can make an appointment to attend for screening when we next screen your area by contacting us.

If your x-ray shows a possible change in your breast, you will be offered an assessment appointment in one of the screening centres. You will be seen by a specialist and offered further tests.

If you are invited for further tests is it important that you attend. More information on assessment appointments is available in the leaflet 'reasons why you need another test'.


What will happen at my assessment appointment?

About four in every 100 women are asked to come back for more tests after screening. This is because more information is needed before we can give a result.

These tests may include:

  • x-rays
  • examination by a specialist
  • ultrasound scans
  • needle biopsy

Depending on what tests are needed, you may be in the assessment clinic for most of the morning or afternoon.  

You may get results on the day or you may have to wait. We aim to get results to you within two weeks.


What if you need treatment? 

If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, finding it early gives the best chance of successful treatment. We will discuss all the treatment options with you to help you make your decision.

For more information and support visit Breast Cancer Now.

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