Understanding breast screening

Understanding breast screening

Booklet
Published: 31 Jul 2019
Next review: 31 Jan 2021
Edition: 7
Understanding breast screening
This booklet is about breast screening. Breast screening can help find breast cancer at a very early stage, so women have the best chance of being cured.
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Published: 31 Jul 2019
Next review: 31 Jan 2021
Edition: 7
This booklet is about breast screening. Breast screening can help find breast cancer at a very early stage, so women have the best chance of being cured.

About this booklet

This booklet explains:

- what breast screening is

- why women are offered breast screening

- the benefits and disadvantages of breast screening

- possible changes to look for in your breasts.

Your GP can refer you to a breast clinic for assessment at any time, even if you are already having screening. Always see your GP if you notice any changes in your breasts or under your arms. Breast cancer in men is rare, so routine breast screening is not offered. But if you notice any changes, talk to your GP.

Visit our online information about breast screening.

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