Why we screen
One in nine women will develop breast cancer at some time in their life. 80% of breast cancers occur in women over 50. The risk of breast cancer rises as women get older. This is why the breast screening programme only targets women in this age group.
Breast Screening can help to find small changes in the breast before there are any other signs or symptoms. Early detection may mean simpler and more succesful treatment.
The aim of the NHS Breast Screening Programme is to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in the UK.
However, there are alternative views about Breast Screening. Please see our Directors View for more information.