Breast Screening -
It is now 3 years since our Practice was invited for breast screening and soon all eligible women registered at Cumberland House Surgery will be invited for breast Screening
The last time our Practice was screened we had an uptake rate of 67%
We would like to see the uptake rate increase this year as regular breast screening is one of the best ways to spot a cancer that is too small to feel or see.
Finding cancer early can make it more likely that treatment will be successful, less likely you'll need to have a breast removed (mastectomy) and more likely you'll be cured.
You can have breast screening whatever size or shape your breasts are.
If you are undecided about taking part in the breast screening programme here is some information:
How to decide if you want breast screening
Regular breast screening can find breast cancer before you notice any signs or symptoms.
What breast screening is
Breast screening uses X-rays called mammograms to check your breasts for signs of cancer.
It's done by female health specialists called mammographers.
Who can get breast cancer
Anyone can get breast cancer. This includes women, men, trans and non-binary people.
It's the most common type of cancer in the UK.
The chance of getting breast cancer increases as you get older. Most breast cancers are diagnosed in women over 50 years old.
Find out more about:
- breast cancer in women
- breast cancer in men
- LGBT Foundation: Breast cancer and breast awareness
If you're more likely to get breast cancer
Some people are more likely to get breast cancer. This is sometimes called moderate risk or high risk.
Risks of breast screening
Doctors cannot always tell if a cancer will go on to be life-threatening or not. So treatment is always offered if you're diagnosed with breast cancer.
This means some cancers that are diagnosed and treated would not have been life-threatening. Treatment of non life-threatening cancers is the main risk of breast screening.
Other risks of breast screening include:
- a cancer being missed – mammograms do not always find a cancer that is there
- X-rays – having a mammogram every 3 years for 20 years gives you a very slightly higher chance of getting cancer over your lifetime
Most people feel the benefits of breast screening outweigh the possible risks.
Breast screening is a choice
It's your choice if you want to go for breast screening. Screening does not stop you getting breast cancer, but it is the best way to spot cancers at an early stage.
If you do not want to be invited for screening, contact a GP or your local breast screening service and ask to be taken off the breast screening list.
You can ask them to put you back on the list at any time if you change your mind.