Breast Screening

The NHS Breast Screening Programme offers a free breast screening service every three years to women aged between 50 and 70 who are registered with a GP
NHS Cancer Screening Programmes has a research study taking place across England that includes a screening age extension trial for women who are younger than 50 or older than 70. In Kent this trial is ongoing so a patient may now receive her first invitation from age 47 onwards. Every woman will receive her first screening invitation by her 53rd birthday

Women over the age of 70 can also self-refer for a screening mammogram every three years by contacting their local screening office on 01227 783000 to make an appointment

Click here for further information about the mammography screening unit including breast screening dates and locations

If you suspect a patient may have a family history of breast cancer you can find the criteria for referral to the Family History Breast Cancer Assessment Clinic at East Kent Hospitals, and details on how to refer, here


  1. NHS Breast Screening Programme overview
  2. Breast screening patient information leaflets
  3. Approximate dates for East Kent Breast Screening Programme

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