NHS breast screening checks use x-rays to look for cancers that are too small to see or feel. All women aged 50 up to their 70th birthday are invited for breast screening every three years. The NHS Breast Screening Service send out first invitations some time between 50th and 53rd birthdays.
If you are 71 years and over you remain at risk of breast cancer but will not receive invitations after your 71st birthday. However, you may still request a screening every 3 years by contacting your local breast screening unit - details of which can be obtained by clicking the Find Breast Screening Services button below. Further information on breast screening can be found online by clicking the other links below.