Breast Screening


We may have asked you to visit this page or you may have just stumbled across it. Either way we are pleased you are here. If you are between the ages of 50 and 70 you will soon be receiving an invitation to have your breasts screened as part of the NHS local breast screening campaign.

Note: There is an age extension trial taking place during this campaign so selected women between the ages of 47 - 49 and 71 - 73 may also be invited.

"We recommend that all of our patients eligible for this screening have their breasts screened at least once every 3 years"

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Information Clinic at Stonefield Street Surgery

If you are unsure about this screening procedure and would like to discuss it with us, we are holding a series of ‘breast screening information clinics’ at the surgery and would like to invite you to pop in for a chat. This 10 minute consultation will address any concerns you have and will fully explain what the test involves.

To book into a ‘breast screening information clinic, please contact the surgery and request an appointment.

Or you can just pop into the surgery and speak to a care coordinator / receptionist about booking an appointment

About Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is cancer that starts in the breast tissue. Around 55,200 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK each year. That is around 150 people a day.  1 in 8 women in the UK develop breast cancer during their lifetime. 1 in 870 men develop it. Most of the women who get breast cancer have had their menopause, but about 2 out of every 10 (20%) are under 50 years old. Breast cancer risk can be affected by age, family history and lifestyle factors such as obesity and smoking.

Why should I be screened?

Breast cancers found by screening are generally at an early stage. Very early breast cancers are usually easier to treat, may need less treatment, and are more likely to be cured. The current evidence suggests that breast screening reduces the number of deaths from breast cancer by about 1,300 a year in the UK. Almost all women diagnosed with breast cancer at the earliest possible stage survive for at least 5 years after diagnosis and are likely to be cured.

About the screening process

  • If eligible you will be sent a screening invitation letter to attend a screening appointment on a specific date and time
  • You can rearrange this if the time, date or location isn’t convenient
  • You will have a mammogram (the screen) in the breast screening unit at Nye Bevan House, Rochdale or one of the other screening units in the area 
  • The mammogram only takes a few minutes
  • You will get your results back within 2 weeks

Click here to watch a short video and see what the mammogram entails.

Click here to see frequently asked questions courtesy of

For more information

All of the information provided above was provided by Cancer Research UK. Click here to visit their website for more information.


Be breast aware                         

Helping you decide

Breast screening (easy guide)

Need information in an accessible format?

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