Are women screened over the age of 70?

The NHS Breast Screening Programme screens women over the age of 70 but they are not sent routine invitations. They are encouraged, however, to request mammograms at their local unit every three years. We produce cards to help them remember to do this, which are handed out at their last routine breast screening appointment.

It is important to remember that all women, whatever their age, who are worried about new symptoms, should consult their GP without delay.

The NHSBSP in England is starting to extend routine invitations to women aged 71 to 73. This should be completed by 2016.

After this, women over 73 will still be able to request three yearly screening.