Some women aged between 70 and 79 are being offered the opportunity for a breast screen. The offer of a screen comes after some women did not receive an invitation for a final screen, as part of the routine NHS Breast Screening Programme.
The Breast Screening Programme usually invites women to have a screen once every three years when aged between 50 and 70 (up to their 71st birthday). This means women will usually receive their final screen sometime between their 68th and 71st birthdays.
Most women can be reassured that they will have received their final invitation but there are some women, now aged between 70 – 79 years, who have missed an invitation due to a problem which dates back to 2009.
All affected women registered with a GP will receive a letter by the end of May with further information.
Getting support and advice
For further information please visit the NHS Choices website, which includes a list of frequently asked questions. A dedicated advice line has been set up for the women affected and also for those that think they did not receive an invitation – call 0800 169 2692 if you need further support and advice.
As usual, all women should continue to be aware of any changes to their breasts and if they have any concerns then they should see their GP.