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About breast screening

The NHS Breast Screening Programme began in 1988. It aims to invite all women aged 50 - 70 years for breast screening once every three years. Nationally the programme screens 1.3 million women each year and diagnoses about 10,000 breast cancers annually. The screening programme also offers women over 70 a free breast screen every three years. These women will not be sent an invitation but are encouraged to call the unit to make an appointment that suits them.

Age extension has begun in the East Cheshire and Stockport area. This means that we are beginning to invite women from 47 years of age. This will happen over a period of time and will eventually mean that all women receive their first invitation before their 53rd birthday. Please see our leaflet in the publications section or visit www.canscreening.nhs.uk for more details.


The aim of breast screening is to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage, often before the woman is aware of any problem. Early detection may mean simpler and more successful treatment. Scientific evidence shows that regular breast screening, between the ages of 50 - 70 years, reduces the death rate from breast cancer. Currently the NHS Breast Screening Programme saves an estimated 1400 lives each year in England.

Breast Screening for women in the Cheshire area began in 1990 from our static unit at Macclesfield District General Hospital.

We have recently partially extended the screening age range range for women increasing our eligible population from 60,000 to around 82,000. To enable women to be screened closer to home, breast screening is carried out at a number of sites across the region.

The NHS Breast Screening Programme is subject to monitoring by the Quality Assurance Reference Centre.(QARC). It ensures rigorous quality assurance standards are maintained.






















   

New, state of the art unit

New, state of the art unit

We are pleased to unveil information and photographs of our brand new state of the art Breast Screening Unit.

Learn more about our new unit

About breast screening

What is breast screening?Breast Screening (Mammography) is an x-ray examination of the breasts and is a method of finding breast cancer at a very early stage.
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Where do we screen?

Where do we screen Screening takes place at a number of convenient places across Stockport and East Cheshire. Find out where we screen

Step-by-Step Guide

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Be breast aware

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