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Breast Screening

The NHS offers breast screening to reduce the number of women who die from breast cancer. Screening does this by finding breast cancers at an early stage when they are too small to see or feel. As part of the Scottish Breast Screening Programme, the West of Scotland Breast Screening Service invites all women aged between 50 and 70 approximately every three years for breast screening. Women over the age of 70 are still welcome to come for screening every three years, although they will not automatically be invited.

When you get your appointment will depend on which GP practice you are registered with, which may mean that you are invited at different times to other women your age. You should get your first invitation before your 53rd birthday. If you haven't, please contact us on 0141 800 8800. Please also let us know if you have moved house and are concerned that you may have missed an invitation for screening.

Being breast aware is about getting to know your own body so that you can spot any changes to your breasts early on. Remember you can develop breast cancer at any time. This includes the time in between breast screening appointments.

It is your choice whether to have breast screening or not, for more information about breast screening in Scotland visit: www.nhsinform.co.uk/screening/breast