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Greater Manchester 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 1.3 million women each year and diagnoses about 10,000 breast cancers annually. The screening programme also offers women over 70 a free breast screen every three years. These women will not be sent an invitation but 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.

Currently we invite more than 65,000 women from the region for breast screening. To enable women to be screened closer to home, breast screening is carried out at a number of 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.

Extending The Screening Age Range

In December 2007 the department of Health’s Cancer Reform Strategy announced that the NHS BSP would be extended to cover women between the ages of 47 and 73.

This means that all women will get two extra screens in their lifetime. It also means that eventually women will get their first screening invitation before their 50th Birthday.

The age extension will be phased in across England over a six year period, with full coverage before 2015. Before that begins, however, a pilot study is being undertaken in 5 areas across England. The Greater Manchester Breast Screening programme is one of those sites. Around half of the women aged 47 to 49 and 71 to 73 years of age will be selected at random to receive screening invitations this year.

Your Guide To Breast Screening DVDs

Please click on the link below to see a range of videos designed for women with learning disabilities.

  • www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Your-guide-to-breast-screening-video-wall.aspx

    Run by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

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    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 Greater Manchester.

    Find out where we screen