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.
- NHSBSP home page
- Programme publications
About breast screening
- What is breast screening?
- What does the NHS Breast Screening Programme do?
- When was the NHS Breast Screening Programme set up?
- What happens at a breast screening unit?
- Why are women under 50 not routinely invited?
- Are women screened over the age of 70?
- Screening women at higher risk
- Does breast screening save lives?
- Does breast screening have any risks?
- What is Digital Mammography?
- Research in breast screening
- About breast cancer
- Programme logistics
- Frequently asked questions
- Programme statistics
- Mammography equipment reports
- Programme news index
- Useful links