South East London Breast Screening Programme
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About breast screening

The NHS Breast Screening Programme began in 1988. It aims to invite all women aged 50 - 70 years for breast screening once every three years. Nationally the programme screens 2 million women each year and diagnoses about 16,000 breast cancers annually.

The screening programme offers a free screening service once every three years to all women from 50 years of age upwards. Women over 70 will not routinely be sent an invitation unless they are in the extended age range pilot and instead they are encouraged to call the unit to make an appointment that suits them.

The aim of breast screening is to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage, often before the woman is aware of any problem. Early detection may mean simpler and more successful treatment. Scientific evidence shows that regular breast screening, between the ages of 50 - 70 years, reduces the death rate from breast cancer. Currently the NHS Breast Screening Programme saves an estimated 1400 lives each year in England.

Breast screening for the South East London region is managed from the screening office at Kings College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London. Breast screening for the region began in 1988. Currently we invite more than 162,000 women from the South East London region for breast screening. To enable women to be screened close to home, we offer a number of convenient sites across the region

The NHS Breast Screening Programme is subject to monitoring by the Quality Assurance Reference Centre.(QARC) It ensures rigorous quality assurance standards are maintained.


Be Breast Aware

Be Breast Aware

Become familiar with your breasts and how they change.

Learn about breast awareness

Step-by-Step Guide

step by step guide

Understand what's involved in having a breast x-ray (mammogram).

Download the guide (multilingual)

About Breast Screening

What is a Mammography

Breast Screening (Mammography) is an x-ray examination of the breasts and is a method of finding breast cancer at a very early stage.

Learn more about screening

Where We Screen

Where do we screen

We screen at various convenient places across South East London.

Find out where we screen

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