About one in eight women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. There’s a good chance of recovery if it’s detected in the early stages.
Breast screening aims to find breast cancers early. It uses an x-ray test called a mammogram that can spot cancers when they are too small to see or feel.
Women aged 50 to 70 years will be invited to attend for breast screening every 3 years
Women over 73 are not invited routinely, but can request an appointment every 3 years
If you are worried about breast cancer symptoms don’t wait to be offered screening – see your GP.
Changes to look out for –
- Appearance – any change in the outline or shape of the breast, especially those caused by arm movements, or by lifting the breasts. Any puckering or dimpling of the skin.
- Feelings – Discomfort or pain in one breast that is different from normal, particularly if new and persistent.
- Lumps – Any lumps, thickening or bumpy areas in one breast or armpit which seem to be different from the same part of the other breast and armpit. This is very important if new.
- Nipple change – Nipple discharge, new for you and not milky. Bleeding or moist reddish areas which don’t heal easily. Any change in nipple position – pulled in or pointing differently. A nipple rash on or around the nipple.
To contact the Breast screening service in Lancashire please phone 01524 583050/583047
For further information on the Breast screening programme please click here.