About breast screening :: Central & East London Breast Screening Service
We are in the process of centralising the Breast Screening booking system across the London NHS Breast Screening Programme and soon we will have a new centralised hub where you will be able to change your appointments online. For general appointment enquires or to change your appointment please contact us on 020 3758 2024.

Information in other languages

Information about breast screening should be available to everybody. This area of the website lets you change information into the different languages that are commonly spoken in London.

The website uses a tool called 'Google translate' to automatically change one language into another via the internet. This is a valuable service, but it is automated so can present some problems with word for word translation. We have tried to use plain English on the website so it is clear and easy to read, and the automated translation makes it accessible to many more people.

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About breast screening

This information is about breast screening and why we recommend it is something you should do.

What is breast screening?

Radiographer shows a women how the mammogram will be taken
Breast screening (or mammography, as it is also called) is an x-ray of the breast...
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What is breast cancer?

Radiologist reviewing a mammogram
Screening can help identify any changes of the breast tissue that may be an early sign of cancer...
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Why we screen you

Receptionist at reception
The aim of screening is to increase the survival rate from breast cancer amongst those women...
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Who we screen

Women at reception
You will receive your first appointment in the first few years after your 50th birthday...
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Tamara Breast screening radiologist
We asked women like you how they found their breast screening appointment...
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Be breast aware

Women with arms folded over her breasts
Whatever your age, size or shape, it’s important to take care of your breasts...
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Family history

Mother and daughter awaiting her screening appointment
Having a history of breast cancer in your family may, or may not, mean you have an increased risk of developing breast cancer...
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